trickle down

trickle

finally got the $1,ooo papers

but she wonders

if they might better shake this wetback status

taped

to her leaky trailer ceiling

the fair-weather manager promises repairs

while mushroom clouds of mold

storm her home

and one winter night

as the oldest son’s lungs have another outburst

suddenly

she sees red

her small claim awards just $50 in damages

but watching the owner’s face

flood with shame

is a pure

watershed

moment

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