Two Days Before Pay Day

Two Days Before Pay-Day


skinny piggy bankIt’s two days before pay-day

And the cupboards are bare.

A mouldy old crust

And cheese that’s grown hair.


It’s two days before pay-day

And the fridge has an echo.

Even the leftovers have left,

Where does it all go??


It’s two days before pay-day

And my medicine has run out.

But being married as I am

Means the state won’t hand out.


It’s two days before pay-day

And winter is back.

Turn up the heating?

Ha, no chance of that!


It’s two days before pay day

And my son’s grown again.

His shoes are pinching tightly,

Let’s lop off his toes then.


It’s two days before pay-day

To escape would be peachy.

But alcohol, holidays, fuel and all that,

Cost too much to be within reach.


It’s two days before pay-day

But what difference does that make?

His wages are all spoken for.

There’s no leeway, no options to take.


It’s two days before pay-day

But Cameron, what do you care?

In your warm ivory tower

And its “free” bedrooms to spare?


It’s two days before pay-day

But things could be worse.

Could they, could they really?

Hmmmmm – just ask that of my purse.




About Pam Smith

I am a Christian and currently exploring vocation. I am a writer, I conduct a brass band, I am an avid reader and when I'm not doing any of those things I crochet with a fierce passion. I am mum to two fantastic young adults, celebrating my Silver wedding anniversary in 2016 with my husband. I recently gained my Bachelor of Arts with honours.
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8 Responses to Two Days Before Pay Day

  1. Great poem! We have all been in this same place!


    • sterlingsop says:

      Thank you 🙂
      The situation is so bad it’s comical, and it does help to know that there are many other people in the same boat. I just hope I can brighten someone’s day by my poem today!


  2. mairedubhtx says:

    Sounds like my week before payday. I get paid at the end of each month. It’s a long stretch in between.


  3. auntyuta says:

    Yes, Pam, we’ve all been there. It’s good, when you can joke about it. Lovely poem. The humour in it can brighten someone’s day. Soon there’s payday and life goes on!


  4. wilphil says:

    Irony is you reach your pay-day and you are already looking forward to the next!!! 🙂


  5. Patricia says:

    Fabulous! I can relate! Just where we have been, erm, quite a few times in younger years, and perhaps yet to come. From students days to a comfortable middle life and now, bordering later life….alone again and facing a repeat of what is essentially, “two days before payday”…….


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