The wish list seemed a mile-long bridge
and speed bumps crossed the span.
A magnet pinned it to the fridge,
my crinkled, yellowed plan.
For several years now, “new pc”
glared unchecked at my face,
while “water heater,” “roof repairs,”
and “house paint” took first place.
My ancient Gateway chilled and froze,
a ghost cat killed my mouse.
The audio and vids played out;
both cards lost to the House.
My ‘hertz” were hurting, megs were few,
the RAM had run away.
But things were looking great, because…
THE CHECK had come that day!
I sped with my annuity
to First Bank of Fort Knox,
and slid into a parking space,
while grinning like a fox.
The bank employee was real nice,
but “Bad news,” I was told,
“because this check’s from out-of-state,
it’s put five days on hold.”
Five days! My padlocked brain rebelled,
how can I wait that long?
(My logic left, was on the lam-
my think-tank had gone wrong).
When I ignored The Still, Small Voice,
which said, “Please wait, my child,”
I let the Demon enter in
to rampage and go wild.
Then off to “PC Pops,” I flew,
the Tempter had my ear:
“There’s always a Deferral Plan;
no payments for a year!
Inside the store I chose a jewel
(sky blue and silver-clad).
But when the salesman checked, he said,
“No good, your credit’s bad!”
Discouraged, I felt anger flare
because I failed my quest;
and bitter when The Father said,
“Trust me, it’s for the best.”
Oh well, next week, that yearly check
would magically turn green.
So in my sleep I still dreamed of
my shiny, new machine.
Then Nature chose to do her worst
and lightening struck a pine.
The tree fell on a power pole
which hit a feeder line.
My kitchen’s death by surgicide
would eat up all my cash.
The microwave, and side-by-side,
plus toaster all in ash.
But in the bank, my Rescuer
had kept my lifeboat tied.
I’ll try to listen better, Lord,
my Savior, Friend, and Guide.
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