In the Shadow of Debt

Payments late …

Debt…my weighty foe.
















Snapping at heals,
the dark pervasive gloom draws near,
and in the shadow of its demands,
my heart flutters with concern and then panic,
ever-nearer those stone claws, cold and threatening,
and each notification, each earful of ominous affront,
another nail closer to crucifixion,
as computers spill their digital ills
and I amass their insistence measure.

How I love the smell of burning money
in the morning,
as payments late accost my bottom line,
and letters filled with grave consequence,
draw my soul to the flagellates line,
for time escapes and fingers wave,
my insolence the scourge of balance sheets,
and poverty reminds me no stone can bleed,
just the dripping of payments, I concede.

My back broken, my very will to task,
my debts amass in graphs profound in aftermath, and
none shall get reward from air, from these bled stones,
so patient be you dragons,
for I am not alone,
and circumstances does drive my paper throne,
so could you hold up my crucifixion please,
those nails are too costly to waste on the like of me,
and eventually, the debt will be paid.

Tony DeLorger © 2016

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Tony DeLorger

Full time author, freelance writer, poet and blogger since 1999. Twenty one published works, past winner of 'Poet of the Year' on HubPages, 'Poem of the Year' on The Creative Exiles, writer for, Google+, videos on YouTube and book sales on website, Amazon and

4 thoughts on “In the Shadow of Debt

  • June 22, 2016 at 11:15 AM

    I gonna guess there’s a bunch of people out there can identify, Tony. And it seems like things just continue to escalate. Something went wrong somewhere.

    • June 22, 2016 at 7:14 PM

      Yes, its a crazy world Bill, and its all about the almighty dollar, which is more than sad. Glad you related my friend.

  • June 22, 2016 at 12:44 PM

    These thoughts are so hitting home to many. Is there ever any end to debt? I seriously doubt it. I sometimes long for the very old days, long before our time, when trade was used instead of credit. Someone please let me get the simple things I need in life and I will pay with a fabulous dinner and conversation. LOL Very well-stated verse on the pains of debt, Tony.

  • June 22, 2016 at 7:18 PM

    Thanks Phyllis, yes I agree, life was far simpler back when, and the mindset about labor and honor rather than just accumulation and status. I guess the more spoiled we all become because of technology, the worse our attitudes and expectations. Glad you appreciated the work. Take care.

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