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Written by Mark Fleisher   

Along the unforgiving concrete

of nearly every town and city
the beaten down and beleaguered
they're not pleading for your pity

Pinball machines they play daily
seem forever flashing tilt

give them a dollar or two, won't you
out of kindness or out of guilt

Messages scribbled on cardboard
won't ever win a literary prize
the authors only hoping
they'll attract your generous eyes

Hand them a folded greenback
they might exchange for food
who's got the nerve to ask them,
anyway, wouldn't that be rude

The donation may well be spent
on a pill, a shot, a smoke
life to them no laughing matter
there's no punch line if there's no joke

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