Sad Days

I actually don’t remember when I wrote this but I just came across it and felt like it needed to be shared. I think it was around June because of the things I am speaking on within the mini essay. Let me know if you have experienced any of these issues and if you are wondering why so many people are more focused on worldly things instead of sustenance.

My heart is breaking for the world… it is truly a sad day when I go to fill my 2015 Kia Optima and gas is literally $5.00 per gallon. It is truly a sad day when I go to the grocery store to buy corn on the cob to cook on the grill but it’s $5.00 for three years of corn. It is truly a sad day when I go online to look for a place to live and I can’t find a decent place in a decent area for less than $800.00 per month for a 1 bedroom studio. In 1998 when I rented my very first apartment, which was a 1 bedroom studio, it was only $450 per month! Over a 20 year time span the cost of rent in North Carolina has tripled. Literally $1300 a month is almost the minimum rent in Charlotte right now. The problem is… within that same 20 year time span minimum wage in North Carolina has not increased, yes, it is still $7.25 an hour here in North Carolina. Some companies have started lying and stating that they are paying more but in actuality they that is a misconception. “Paying up to $15.00” is what they say but of course they will tell you that you don’t have the right experience level so they start you off with less. Let’s look at an example: You make $15 an hour, your tax liability for one month is $600, that would leave you with $1800 of taxes dollars for the month. Out of that $1800your rent is $1000 this leaving you with $800. Okay so you have car with a car payment of $325 per month and your full coverage car insurance is $80.00 per month now leaving you $395. Let’s just take a break from math because clearly at this point you see that you don’t really have enough money to survive. On top of all that you still haven’t paid your cell phone, internet, light bill, student loan, and you still haven’t gotten food. Hopefully you work in a restaurant and get a daily meal, let’s just thank God you don’t have children at this because if you do the poor little babies are starving and home alone🤣. This is no laughing matter though. It really breaks my heart that people in the world would rather protest violence, abortion, guns, and wearing Covid masks but they won’t take to the streets and protest for the only thing that really matters this world which is being able to make a decent wage which will provide enough for you to have a place to live, put food in your stomach, and spend quality time with your family. Working 80 hours a week does not leave room for quality time with your family. We as a people have given government too much control and we as a peopy to take back that control. We need to rewrite laws and establish new checks and balance systems to for the government who is supposed be acting on our behalf of the people but clearly they are more doc on big pharma, big corporations, and monopolies. Let me know in the comments how you feel about this!


Published by Phoennix

Writer and spoken word artist. I love to write poetry and short stories, my first two books are books of poetry. I am also a visual artist, wood and metal sculpting, as well as drawing and painting. I've worked in the food industry over 15 years so eating is my hobby. I hope to bring you a fresh and colorful voice on the arts and culinary worlds.

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