Enough

In the family of “Is there enough?”
money plays hide and seek,
food travels by foot, 
arriving when it can.
Dinnertime stretches 
like grandma’s back.
Can you still touch your toes? 
(Read: Will there be any left for me?)
  
Mom asks about winter clothes.
Anything need mending? 
Should she take a second job? 
Someone slaps your hand.
You’re eating too much again. 
Maybe you’re old enough to work.
Pull your own hefty weight.
  
This is where it begins.
Where you first meet deprivation,
where feeling inadequate becomes a habit,
and compulsive behaviors are born:
Every hour must be productive.
Every day, buy something new.
Eat lunch like you missed breakfast again.
Drink the guilt of poverty.
  
When will enough be enough? 

-Katherine Gotthardt
   

Katherine Gotthardt

Katherine Gotthardt, M.Ed., writing concentration, is a founding member of Write by the Rails, the Prince William Chapter of the Virginia Writers Club. She currently serves as President and has twice been nominated for Poet Laureate of Prince William County. She was the winner of InsideNova's 2019 Best of Prince William award in the author category. Katherine considers herself a writer by nature and by trade, having begun writing for fun as soon as her mother helped teach her to read. She has been writing, editing and teaching for more than twenty years. While Katherine's first love is poetry, she also holds an interest in writing articles, columns and short fiction. Besides being published in dozens of print and online journals, she has authored seven books: Poems from the Battlefield, Furbily-Furld Takes on the World, Approaching Felonias Park, Weaker Than Water, Bury Me Under a Lilac, Late April and A Crane Named Steve. On Facebook, dabbles in short pieces that she calls her "social experiment," #KatherinesCoffeehouse. In her "other" life, Katherine is a marketing writer for an IT company and CEO of ATW- All Things Writing. She works with local publications and is Editor in Chief of Prince William Living magazine. Previously, she wrote for Bristow Beat, News & Messenger, Potomac Local, PW Business and the Quantico Sentry. Katherine aims to use her professional background to elevate the practice of writing and give writers a space where they will be recognized as laborers honoring a timeless craft. "Writing is hard work," she says. "I want that work to be valued." Katherine's full profile can be found on LinkedIn.
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