CITIZEN

I’m a citizen of Austria and

So is my spouse

She has lived here for seventeen years

Since the age of twelve.

We stayed together at her parent’s Viennese flat

For over two years.

That was in the 1960’s as we met and fell in love.

So now after 34 years fate urged us to return

From the Africa of the South due to changing

Circumstances.

My application for a state sponsored flat was

Refused. No reason given.

We had to use-up all our savings

Lodging at an economy-style hostel.

Nearly gave up the tiring search for affordable

Accommodation in Vienna’s rental jungle.

But then out of the blue – I must have left a message –

An agent offered us a flat in Klonbg-Weidling.

Excellent compared to what we had been

Offered for less quality and for higher rentals in Vienna.

Know the system. It takes time.

Four years fight with a landlord to have all basics to suit

Our way of life having fallen on death ears

Losing one’s teeth biting on granite ignorance.

Life’s dentistry is an expensive game

Just to get through.

CITIZEN.NEZITIC

zoltanzelan

ZJG-POetry’19.

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