Presque Isle, Maine in 2008

I know what it's like to open my wallet

I clearly see it is empty

As I'm late on rent, with overdue bill on electricity

I've always taken responsibility

We all need that talk, a most unforgettable discussion

the unedited, painful but needed to be said, cold honesty 

I needed to make critical decision quickly

My only option, get a job or two work my ass off

because I never wanted to steal or do anything punishable by time in prison

as you may guess I was in a mess, you're damn right I was scared white

my light Caucasian skin became pale

that reality was so heavy it hurt to inhale

I knew I didn't have money for bail

so for me there wasn't a plan B

I had to dig deeper than I ever had before

my life isn't a movie, more like a never ending war

so this soldier put on his boots and hit the pavement

more like black ice mixed with white ice, spots with knee high snow

conditions weren't nice but I was on a mission

I refused to call my family, I knew I'd hear, maybe it's time to come home?

I wasn't gonna listen.  

I was desperate I had to go, did I survive? I'm here now, so you already know. Thankful to still be alive.

Life lessons aren't the easiest food to swallow

If you digest them you'll learn to strive

This comes from unimaginable experiences

I know what it's like to open my wallet

I clearly see it is empty

As I'm late on rent, with overdue bill on electricity

I've always taken responsibility

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