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Lower/Middle Class American

Updated: Aug 11, 2023

I overate again

It’s one of my best skills

My stomach

Has the ability

To expand

8 times

It’s normal size

When overeating

I fill it

With all sorts of shit:

Beer

Ice cream

Giant breakfast burritos from a food cart

Coffee

Chocolate milk

Tequila

Bagels

Energy drinks

Cereal

Chocolate

Fast food


It’s the

lower/middle class diet


. . .


I don’t think I am middle class . . .


I’m not sure where the lines are?


Or who draws them?


Are they on our taxes?


I feel like they should be . . .


I made 40,000 last year

What does that make me?


In Bend, Oregon,

In 2023,

It feels poor.

But,

That’s probably just this time and place.

I live in a damn expensive state

And the most expensive city in the state.


Shit,

My stomach hurts

And I still want to eat

The candy

That’s on the counter


Being able

To stuff yourself full

In the most expensive city

In the most expensive state

Is probably

A middle class thing to do.


I never knew . . .


Instead of the candy on the counter,

I ate my brother's ice cream.



-C.H. 8.7.23



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