the landlord says, “I like you
you’re a pretty girl in a bad situation
I like that. What are you, 22?”

i say “no, and i make more money
than i used to, too. Im old and i just got
a good job. I could do this,
I could take this apartment on.”

and my boyfriend says, “no.”
it’s lead in the walls
it’s the 7th floor up
and wood frame and if
there was another fire
how’d you get out
and besides i already
have a place in the nicer
part of town

and because i can’t without him
i dont and i live in my car


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