- I'm so broke I couldn't buy a louse (or flea or mosquito) a wrestling jacket.
- I'm so broke I couldn't buy a crippled crab a crutch if I had a forest of small trees.
- I'm so broke that the soles of my shoes are so thin that if I step on a dime I could tell whether it's heads or tails.
- I'm so broke that I cannot afford to pay attention.
African American saying about brokenness
From the episode titled "A Louse in a Wrestling Jacket", here are ways to say "I don't have money" in African American communities.