Holding my breath…

awkward momentI apologize that I’ve been absent for a few days.

I’ve been spending my time away from you watching, working and thinking.  It’s not the news that I’m watching, but the people around me.

When the government shut down first happened there was a day or two of shocked disbelief followed by confused anger.  Jokes about the shutdown became a steam release valve, letting off some of the pressure that has been building.

As the weeks have gone on, the jokes have given way to just anger.  Our leaders take days off to think about the situation while some of use are wondering if we will be able to pay rent, or, with the recent food stamp fiascoes all over the news… even eat.

Personally, I’m having a hard time doing much but working and watching.  I have heard all sorts of theories about what will happen when… if… the government defaults on it’s debts. I’ve been told to pull all our ready cash out of the bank and hold on to it, something, if I understand correctly, caused a run on the banks and was a factor in creating the Great Depression.  I know this, but I am still doing it.

Personally, I don’t think it matters if the debt ceiling is raised or not.  Personally, I feel like our leaders and system are too dysfunctional to be a cohesive unit.  I heard a news program tell me that people have lost their faith in the government, according to polls.  I could have told them that.  Just look at some of the stories…

So, for now, I’m having a difficult time going on with business as usual.  I’m pausing, watching and trying to be prepared.  Lately, as our government seems more interested in dividing us and name calling rather than finding solutions… trying to be prepared is fast becoming “business as usual.”

About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is an American poet, publisher and author. Her first collection of poetry, In Favor of Pain, was nominated for an 2017 Elgin Award. Her latest novella, Bitter Suites, is a 2018 Bram Stoker Awards® Finalist. Currently, she publishes Space and Time magazine, a 53 year old publication dedicated to fantasy, horror and science fiction. For more information visit SpaceandTimeMagazine.com or AngelaYSmith.com.
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2 Responses to Holding my breath…

  1. helen teasdale says:

    its scary in a way isn’t it

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