Cherry red exterior paint
slapped over a flaking mint.
“Two thousand dollars” they now say- that's only for the cost of rent.
Up-cycled tires are holding overgrown flowers, hinting at better times.
Homes of my past, how I yearn for your comfort
If even in my dreams at last.
This is in reference to a dream I recently had of a rental home I lived in for several years at $900/ per month. I was a single mom to a toddler and barely making ends meet. Now that home goes for double the rent and is one small example of the housing crises and wage gap in (Olympia Wa) America.