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The IRS

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The IRS

Staring at the envelope, my eyes in disbelief.
The agency was known for causing fear and painful grief.
The words upon the notice were shouting out my name.
I still remember how I felt the day the letter came.

The beads of sweat rolled down my neck, my heart began to race.
Afraid to move a muscle, the blood had left my face.
Apparently, the IRS had found some type of error.
The news had brought me to a place of unrelenting terror.

It must be for an audit, they’d go back seven years.
I felt so faint for this was one of my most dreaded fears.
Although I had been careful every time I filed returns.
Checking all my figures, including all I earned.

Perhaps I added something wrong or made a big mistake.
They never would believe me, my head began to ache.
I held my breath and opened up the letter with great care.
I knew I was in trouble, I didn’t have a prayer.

I read the first few lines and then I fell onto my bed.
I thought I must be in a dream, imagined in my head.
They said they owed me money for an error they had made.
And they were very sorry that the payment was delayed.

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  1. Date: 5/24/2012 3:24:00 PM
    I like this one. your letter came out a lot better than mine.

    Arroyo Avatar Samia Ali Arroyo
    Date: 5/24/2012 5:41:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    LOL - This was one year Vince. There was another year that I also owed! Thank you so much for reading and commenting on my poems! :)
  1. Date: 5/7/2012 7:30:00 PM
    Hi Samia, yikers... lol..Irs.. says it all... been there done that... and will they ever pay back... what they took..:-( ..well, i'm keeping all records for the next 7 years.. you are lucky you got payed.. i was told i did not meet the deadline... great poem..pd

    Arroyo Avatar Samia Ali Arroyo
    Date: 5/7/2012 8:28:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hey pd, Isn't it terrible that we have to live in fear of them! Yes, I was lucky that time but once had to pay them too. Thank you! :)
  1. Date: 5/7/2012 6:55:00 PM
    Samia, once again your humor shines through...thanks for your kind words on my poems ...Always...Joseph

    Arroyo Avatar Samia Ali Arroyo
    Date: 5/7/2012 8:26:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you so much Joseph! Your poem was beautiful ...Samia
  1. Date: 5/5/2012 2:15:00 PM
    (exhaled) you had me holding my breath over here. your quite lucky that the error is not from your end.

    Arroyo Avatar Samia Ali Arroyo
    Date: 5/5/2012 2:33:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    You telling me offor! LOL
  1. Date: 5/4/2012 11:09:00 PM
    hahahaha, I LOVE the twist you put on this. That was a RARE thing indeed. WE got one of these letters as you describe, the real deal and we ended up having to pay ten grand. Going back the 7 years, a very horrible time!

    Arroyo Avatar Samia Ali Arroyo
    Date: 5/5/2012 5:16:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    OMG Andrea! This must have brought back some bad times. I am glad that you can laugh at this one. I was going to end it sad with a big IRS bill but couldn't bring myself to do it! LOL
  1. Date: 5/4/2012 8:24:00 PM
    Enjoyed very much this poem.A captivating Write.

    Arroyo Avatar Samia Ali Arroyo
    Date: 5/4/2012 8:27:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hi Kash, Thank you very much! :)