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Detroit Begging
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TITLE (EDIT)
Detroit Begging
DESCRIPTION
Ok - I was pretty annoyed this morning that I was asked for some change by this panhandler who would not give up. When I said no, he asked me to check my coat, or maybe go back to my car to see if there was change there! Anyway- it reminded me about this incident that took place a few years ago and why I don't give money to panhandlers. I wrote this in about 20 minutes, so it's a little rough... I'd appreciate suggestions!
[269 words]
AUTHOR
Tessa
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Haven't written in awhile, using this to express feelings and emotions on... hold. And for spur of the moments thoughts too.
Note: Most of my writing is metaphorical!
[November 2004]
AUTHOR'S OTHER TITLES (27)
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Contemplating (Poetry) Wrote this after I wrote Illumination when the Damn Devil was still hunting me... not sure if it's done, but ah, well... [81 words]
Craving (Poetry) I wrote this in about 5 minutes and it probably shows- but I was craving and had to write it out of my system. [34 words] [Erotic]
Exhausted (Poetry) Rainy days... are sometimes downright depressing. Where is the sunshine?!?! This is what came out of one of those sucky days... I think it needs work, suggestions are welcomed. [45 words]
Exorcism (Poetry) For The Devil- I'm going back into the Light. I cannot stay in the dark- eternal damnation is just not my thing. [98 words]
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Hangover (Poetry) This is for Andrea... (And maybe Wade too, since he supplied most of our drinks!) For our night of craziness at 5th Avenue and Sevin involving kissing girls (not by me!), getting kicked off of the sta... [139 words] [Humor]
Haunted (Poetry) And still he whispers... as I try to hang on. Temptation... can sometimes get the best of you... but I'm trying not to give in. [118 words]
He Whispers (Poetry) I couldn't get this Devil (a poet, no less!) out of my thoughts any other way but to write him out... I'm wondering if the repetitive whispering works in this poem? Let me know. It sounds good without... [87 words] [Mind]
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Into The Darkness (Poetry) For The Devil. Thank you for corrupting my soul in the sweetest, slowest, and most gentle way possible. Damn you. =P [229 words]
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Welcome (Poetry) (Reposted) My muse endeavored to inspire... Jonathan, this is for you. Don't forget to leave your door unlocked. Welcome because you always say I am. Welcome because you won't accept my thanks. [98 words] [Erotic]
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Detroit Begging
Tessa

On the streets of Detroit you will often come across
Beggars awaiting newcomers to give to their cause
Who will be sympathetic and not used to the daily nuisance
Of the panhandler’s routine of soliciting annoyance

“Hey man, can I have some change?”
Is the usual vagabond’s exchange
And I often think to myself what could he buy
Is he collecting for food, or drugs to get high?

What will he do with my quarter?
Will he contact a drug dealer and try to place an order?
What will he do with my dime?
Will he go to the liquor store and get a cheap bottle of wine?
What will he do with my nickel?
Get some cocaine to snort and make his nose tickle?

“Maybe on my way out...” is my general response
As I walk away exhibiting annoyed nonchalance

I haven’t decided if he deserves my change
Which jiggles in my pockets as I try to rearrange
My thoughts on those that rely on a stranger
To act as their bank, their personal money changer

I went to St. Andrews, Detroit’s infamous club
Where this beggar had no legs, just what looked like stubs
A sad-looking man, slumped in his wheelchair
Sneering at me, as if I was a cheap millionaire
 
When I came out later, I was completely amazed
The beggar was walking, his eyes were all glazed

“Hey man, can I have some change?”
He mumbled, stumbled, acting all strange
“Weren’t you in a wheelchair a few hours ago?”
“I dunno’ whatcha’ talkin’ ‘bout, yo!”

From this one interaction, I'm no longer tender of heart
When a Detroit beggar tries to impart
A plea for a quarter, a nickel, or a dime
I’m not a fool, no longer wasting my money or time

      
      
      
      

 

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"Tessa, I understand your annoyance, but be glad it's not you out there. Have you read any of R. Bennett Okerstrom's work? He is an excellent writer and has a few pieces about the homeless in Detroit." -- JM.
"I was just about to say that myself! Thanks JM!" -- R. Bennett Okerstrom.
"I know, I'm glad it's not me out there. But, this is the same guy I give 1/2 a sandwich to almost once a week! I wrote this on a REALLY cold day when he bugged the crap out of me (and my co-workers). And yes, I've read R. Bennett Okerstrom's work (I see he agrees with you that he's an excellent writer- Just kidding RBO!) I love everything he's written!" -- Tessa.
"Let's drop a beat to that and we've got a hit rap song. Very nice. Rhymes were great. What do you think? MC Tessa so don't messa? J/k. Keep writing tose poems. You have the touch for it." -- FlipanMC.
"Hmmmm... a rap, huh... Guess it does have a nice beat to it... Maybe Arrested Development will pick it up! HA!" -- Tessa.
"I liked this a lot and I don't think for a minute you're uncaring or cruel. Some days you just feel a certain way and good for you, you write it down and probably go back to giving again." -- Just A Guy.
"Please don't misunderstand me Tessa, I spend a lot of time downtown and see these people all the time. R. Bennett has the best response I have ever heard in his piece "Downtown: Do You Have A Quarter?" Thank you R. Bennett! :-)" -- JM.
"JM- It's all good, I know what you're saying and I totally agree with you about R. Bennett's piece on the subject. " -- tessa.

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January 2003
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