one more leaf falls

another job gone
another family
to the brink

another house
with fear

as scraping by
flattens pride
and dignity

in suits steal
the precious

privilege heats
the night
with murder

blood lust, then,
the new flag flown

Paul Lojeski's poetry has appeared in journals and online. He’s also the author of the satiric novel, The Reverend Jimmy Pup. He lives with his wife and daughter in Port Jefferson, NY. Read other articles by Paul.