The medical clinic charges a sliding fee
At 7:00 AM,
five days a week
the working poor,
gather in front of the clinic door waiting,
for 8:00 and the clinic to open.
Waiting to see a doctor or a dentist,
praying that the cash we have on us
or in our bank accounts
is enough to pay the required fee
without putting us in the red this month.
We are the aged,
we are the first to feel the economic pinch
and the last to receive relief
when the economy stretches to embrace the country.