Kerri Anne Byrnes

(4/2/1978 / Manhasset, NY)

Bipolar Finance


Rent minus the gleaming leather purse
Equals a screaming frustrated encounter
Add a few meager checks
From the sale of useless items
That couldn’t benefit a one
Minus that restaurant bill
You definitely couldn’t afford
If your life depended on it
Subtract two grand for a mouthful
Of rotting teeth you pray to St. Dental to repair
Another grand for a therapist
Who doesn’t know what to do with you
Add an unexpected bonus
And subtract your dignity
As you sell your soul one final time
To make a buck you can’t help but spend

Submitted: Friday, September 13, 2013
Edited: Monday, September 16, 2013

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This was inspired with my own battle with spending far beyond my means as a twenty-something.

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  • Susan Lacovara (9/17/2013 3:59:00 PM)

    Oh and how this sounds so familiar! ! ! Great play on metaphors and signifies... totally enjoyed this poem in a light hearted fashion...but truth be told, we've all been there. I invite you to read some of my submissions. I really like your style of writing. (Report) Reply

  • Khairul Ahsan (9/13/2013 10:20:00 PM)

    Wonderful and interesting! The title is eye catching.
    Enjoyed the satirical tone. Well written.10/10. (Report) Reply

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