My Friend Mike Lost His House in Foreclosure

because he owed money to the bank and for taxes

and because he didn’t open all those envelopes and neither did his wife

and because even though they both work they don’t make enough money

because minimum wage jobs aren’t enough to live and because

upstate New York can be a hard place  and the woman

from Saugerties  bought his house in foreclosure to  flip it

because she wants more money and because Mike doesn’t feel adequate to fight

the system even though we’ve tried to help and because he grew up poor

and thinks he has to be poor forever his mother came from Poland  she cleaned

houses in Albany  Mike went to work in Freihoffers Bakery over 30

years ago and because he has lyme disease now and two children and he

doesn’t want to talk about any of this although it’s all he thinks about all day long

he’s been a worrier since he was a little boy  now he’s in his fifties and he

wonders is there any way out and when I tell him there is he doesn’t believe me.


Esther Cohen
Let me tell you why I'm here, and why I hope you'll join me. I am here to poem, to play with words, to tell stories when I can, and to ask you for yours. Words are what I love, how I see, and what I say. Words are how I know my life, and how I find my friends. I'm here to ask you to join me. Right here. To send me your stories, and your poems. And to read mine when you can.


    1. alice you are such a mensch. i wish there was a way to help him.
      the house is gone. we’ve all tried. it’s not just the 150,000. it’s this crazy unfair system. we can help mike by electing democrats. you know that already. xxxx esther

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