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Every Day Is a Struggle

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Every Day Is a Struggle

Every day is a struggle
Not to cry
To fall to our knees
And ask God why.

The economy is a nightmare
Chasing away our dreams
Leaving us hungry
Crying out for a means.

Jobs have been cut
Dwindling money so tight
The war is on 
To keep our hope in sight.

Food to clothes
And simple school supplies
Every where you look
The money cries.

The once simple things
Now have a luxurious price
The list of necessities
Must face a slice.

Staycations are in
Vacations are out
Even retirement 
Travels a different route.

The economy has sunk
Like a wounded ship
As the color of green 
Loses its grip.

Everyday is a struggle
Just to survive
The American dream
We labor to revive.


NOTE:  As a divorced mother of three children, having my hours cut over 3/4 has taken its
toll on me.  Looking for employment has been not only depressing but frustrating as well.
 I wrote this poem to try and "heal" my pain and struggles.  I know that I am not the only
one that lays awake at night wondering how to pay the bills or feed my children; but still
the pain eats away at me, the frustrations build like a volcano, and the humiliation
strips me of my pride.  I find myself questioning my dreams and goals; my skills as a
parent; my faith in the American Dream!  Some of you will say that I have become
depressed--and my guess is you would be right.  I hate myself for lying in bed feeling
sorry for myself and crying all the time--that is why I wrote this poem...it is my
cure..my medication...my doctor.  Through this poem I hope to pull myself up and out of
this hole of sadness I have climbed into and hold my head high as I wait for things to get
better...as I wait for that one miracle to light my way.  Hey...that gives me an idea for
another poem..gotta go write...I love you all.  Thank you for reading my poetry, for your
kind and compassionate comments and may God Bless each and every one of you and keep you
safe and happy during these difficult times!   All My Love, Deborah

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  1. Date: 2/18/2010 8:33:00 AM
    Hi Deborah, I hope things have turned the corner for you. We live in very troublesome times so hang in there. Take care. Robert

  1. Date: 1/3/2010 12:02:00 PM
    You're so right on with this poem. I really enjoy your writing style. I hope things get better for you soon. I'll keep you in my thoughts and will pray for a positive outcome.

  1. Date: 8/31/2009 5:06:00 PM
    From one Deborah to another I hear ya! I lost 1/3 my annual income last year. I now have no health insurance. Luckily I have always been fugel so debt has not got me yet! All the cost cutting suggestions I have done already for 6 years or so..nothing much left to cut (sigh) BIG hugs to you! Light & Love

  1. Date: 8/31/2009 3:17:00 AM
    loved this. i also have these same issues deborah. uk just as bed. you may enjoy my poem letter to parliament written on a day i was raging at the state of my country and the struggles of it,s people.

  1. Date: 8/21/2009 10:32:00 PM
    Deb, this fits me too, things will get better and I will help you through these tough times. Call anytime your down. The way you write is so easy to understand. Keep up the great writing, you are AWESOME !! Christopher

  1. Date: 8/21/2009 2:57:00 PM
    Enjoyed this poetry.... personally I think you will find a job just by letting it out... prayer always helps, not the best at my self, stubborn and ia hate asking for help sometimes... enjoyed this have a great night.

  1. Date: 8/21/2009 9:32:00 AM
    Oh my Deborah, i am so sorry to hear of this. I can tell from your wonderful writing that you are a terrific mom. My thoughts are with you, and i hope an opportunity graces your door. Keep writing Deborah, we don't want to lose touch with you. I so enjoy your writing>>James,xx

  1. Date: 8/21/2009 5:12:00 AM
    Your poetry is so easy to understand. Yes there are many going through this. But they don't have there poetry to help them through it. Keep writing straight from your heart Deborah. There is a light at the end of the tunnel just keep watching for it. Love,Carol

  1. Date: 8/20/2009 5:10:00 PM
    I can relate, I also lost my job, and recently got a part time job at a bank, but its still not enough. We are young newlyweds, and its sooo hard. We got what we wanted all our lives by falling in love, yet, what we had been looking forward to caused us the biggest struggle ever! It will get better if we have faith, your children will be fed, and we will all get back up on our feet!

  1. Date: 8/20/2009 3:50:00 PM
    I don't know what you are going through but I feel for you. Writing about anything puts a new light on it. Keep writing. Sara