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Never Let Someone Else Determine You

This poem was previously published in the Blue Collar Review, Journal of Progressive Working Class Literature, Partisan Press, 2013.


The Asymmetry of a Rainy Wednesday


Two men in golf shirts laughed

at me for giving a dollar

to a homeless man on a bridge.

“Young lady, do you have

a ten?” one asked before

leaning toward his friend to say,

“It’ll change his whole life.”

They didn’t know that I said

no to the same man last

week. They didn’t know

minutes earlier, another man

chided me for working for free.

They didn’t know my plan to

save the world, a volunteer

armed with fair trade coffee

in a reusable cup. If you want

to measure the world in dollars

and sense, I’ll raise your ten

to twenty and throw us all over

the bridge. Because I wasn’t

born to make money or save it.

I’m borrowing it for tomorrow,

fool, so you can have it when

I’m done fixing the difference.

I got a pocket full of bandages

and a mirror for action, so if

I make a mistake, I’ll make it

right. Passing men, don’t land

on me, I’ll swat your misery

and when it’s your turn to beg,

I won’t tell you to suck it up

and get a job. I won’t pretend

to know how you got there.

I won’t think a second thought.

About missyrogers

Lifelong Michigander, early 40s, craft addict, chihuahua collector, coffee drinker, recovering human being, bipolar I, electronic music lover, bullshit caller, 5' tall, my blood is organic, and I refuse to be anything else. I will write until I die.


One thought on “Never Let Someone Else Determine You

  1. Truth sometimes bites! Well said!👍

    Posted by cathylapointeblundypoet | October 28, 2018, 7:19 pm

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