Wishing for a Better Life

Life was sure getting tough

And he felt so down and out

Nothing to be done

And now he had lost his job

The only thing in his life

Worth anything at all

Was the love of his woman

But how long she’d stay around

He didn’t know

He wanted to make her his wife

But there was no money

For that shiny diamond he’d seen

In the jewelry store downtown

So he tried doing his best

Hoping that one more night of pizzas

Along with some cheap red wine

Would bring some smiles to her face

But he saw the careworn worry there

Oh, sure she said

That she didn’t want to live like a queen

But living like this was not the way to be

Her friends were beginning

To wonder what was going on

Down where she worked

At the Castle Diner in town

It brought tears to his eyes

When she started to bring home

The last burgers of the day

So he headed off to talk

To his one and only brother

He opened the door

His shirt all sticky

From the hands

Of the six little kids he had

When he had finished his story

His brother sat there with a silly grin

He told him he’d love to help him

But Carrie needed braces

Bobby had just started teething

All of the rest of them needed

This and needed that

And oh, yes his wife’s birthday

Was coming up fast

Empty handed he headed on back

And then and there

He rolled up his eyes

Looked straight up to the skies

And thanked the Lord

Here right in front of him

Was a big, huge sign

It was a want ad

That simply said,”If you can haul we’ll pay for it”

The next day he was at work

And he had his love smiling again

When payday rolled around

He had that diamond ring

It sure was credit he could afford

And soon he had a wife

That he loved so fine

© 2013 Gypsy Rose Lee

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jhamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

Having the wife that you love so fine is where I found the answers. Thank you Gypsy. Jamie

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wetnosedogs 3 years ago from Alabama

Looking for the better life is hard work and worth it.

Great one.

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Nancy Uruaka 3 years ago from Papua New Guinea

Hello Gipsy Rose Lee. A beautiful piece you have written. It sure does bring back some good old memories. Beautiful!


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Rayne123 3 years ago

Beautiful touching story in a poem


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Another feel good story and Lord knows this world needs more of them. Keep them coming, Rasma!

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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

True, true, true, and so tenderly illustrated. thank you

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ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

How I love a happy ending and how you have pointed out that one must look up whenever one feels down. V+++


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The Stages Of ME 3 years ago

Loved this sweet rendition of humility ~ thank for sharing

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Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

I like the way your poems tell these beautiful, poignant stories. This one is no exception. :-) Just beautiful.

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ImKarn23 3 years ago

Another real life poem! Boy have you found your niche, my friend!


have a wonderful weekend

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btrbell 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

These are great poems! I am really enjoying them! Up+ and sharing!

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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS

Rasma, my dear - you've told a heart-wrenching story with a happy ending! Who doesn't have some memories of 'tough times'? In the early days, my husband and I once ate pecans all week till payday. Had to shell them, too! My parents had given them to us off their trees. Well, at least we had those and now we've learned how healthy they are! ;-)

But the budget was always tight for many years.

I've heard very successful, wealthy people say that their best memories were during the rigorous, 'tough times' when they weren't sure where their next meal was coming from, but when real values were theirs and were, perhaps, all the more appreciated!

Very good one, my friend!! Good moral, good ending, well told! Voting up!

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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia Author

Hope you're all having a wonderful weekend and that it is sunny and bright.

Glad you enjoyed this Jamie.

Sure is worth it wetnosedogs.

Glad you enjoyed this Nancy and nice to hear it brought back good memories.

Glad you enjoyed this Laurie.

Glad you enjoyed this Bill and I sure will.

You welcome Martin.

No other way to go but up Kim. Thanks for the vote.

Glad you enjoyed this The Stages of ME.

Glad you enjoyed this Genna.

Glad you enjoyed this Leslie. Thanks for the share. Hugs.

Nice to hear you enjoy these btrbell thanks for the vote and share.

Lots of people have had to and are still weathering tough time Nell. You're right pecans are good for you but of course if you have to eat them and not by choice. At least you managed and survived. My hubby and I are going through some rough economic times now and he tries so hard. I love him for that 'cause he just reached retirement and these inhuman people here are paying him only 60Ls per month. If we weren't together and didn't have our house he couldn't afford to even eat. He worked for the state so to say and served in the Russian army - he had to - and this is how they repay him. lol He know I love to eat jello we have a different version here but buying those packages every time get to be expensive. He made me his own kind of jelly with apple juice. Let's just say it isn't my favorite but I didn't say a word just ate it. After all that's love so you see I get a lot of inspiration here too. Hugs and thanks for the vote.

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BlossomSB 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

A lovely hub with a happy ending. Although I was very young and my Dad had work I still remember the Great Depression.

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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS

Dear Rasma, thank you for your reply. That's really rough when just at retirement, a person's expected retirement income is slashed. Yes, it is inhuman, after a person has worked and served a job well, to be so treated. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Your love is so valuable to him, - and vice-versa. I have to smile a little about your jello substitute and eating it without complaint, 'cause you love him, though it wasn't as good; and he made it for you, 'cause he loves you! It reminds me of the "Gift of the Magi", by O. Henry. Big hugs.

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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa

Heart-touching story! We do need inspiration to work - a person to love :)

Thanks, Rasma!

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PurvisBobbi44 3 years ago from Florida


You turn the negatives into real life loving positives. Keep it up as your poems are pills of sunshine that brightens all the dark corners of life.

Bobbi Purvis

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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

Brilliant Rasma I so enjoyed this one , up and shared.

Have a wonderful day my friend.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia Author

Glad you enjoyed this Blossom. The Great Depression wow I sure can imagine how tough that was.

So very true Martie. I if we can manage to get income coming in and we have love to share then we have the best there is.

Aw thank you for your comment Bobbi. I like to spread sunshine whenever I can.

Glad you enjoyed this Eddie. Thanks for the vote and share. Have a great day.

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annart 3 years ago from SW England

Great poem; enjoyed the story. I know money doesn't bring you happiness but it sure does help! Ann

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mathira 3 years ago from chennai

Very emotional and touching. Love is always wonderful and worth all the trouble, Gypsy.

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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia Author

Money sure does help Ann and if love comes with it then you have the best.

Love sure is wonderful Mathira.

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