Nothing Like a Well Timed 'Dude, You Stink'" by aaron donley
I talk to the homeless.
Not as the casual observer
or guilt ridden giver,
-but as a real human being.
If I see a group of my homeless friends standing around in a circle
I may walk by and say,
“What’s up losers?”
The exact same phrase I would use
if passing by some friends of my own
who were dressed poorly and standing in a circle.
“You’re disgusting,” I say to one.
“Why don’t you get a job?”
-An honest question is presented to another.
I feel they appreciate my candor and level-playing field talk.
“Man, someone stole all my gear under the bridge last night,”
in passing. “
Well,” I replied,
“that’s because you are under a bridge.
If you lived in a house
“And let’s back up for a second
-and speak of said gear.
Isn’t it really just…
“To some,” George complies,
Occasionally some faux do-gooder will confront me
on my manner of dealing
“How can you speak to these people like that?!
They are human beings
just like you and me!!!”
(These people typically
give more to George,
and I expect a cut.)