Saturday, February 18, 2017

WORKING CLASS HERO IS THE WALRUS

First things first—
the part about seeing

a dubious blind beggar in the
crosswalk at the red light,

cardboard sign strapped to him,
babbling and tapping

his cane in defiant cross-
rhythm to the orange flaring

warning of the stale Don't
Walk signal.

Then—the internal part
where you start

to think—how
the kindness

you could afford
to give him (for better

or worse) really
ends nowhere;

but it starts
with no more than

offering a wider berth
than is strictly necessary.

Lastly, the punchline,
the thing

on the sign
that made you feel justified—

All you need 
is love? Wrong. Sorry.

Love is extra. Love's
just icing.

If everything's
contextual, then really

all you need's a
little—understanding.

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