Companion to Today’s Post “Walking Out to Sit for Work This Morning”

(There are 81 posts in the series “Aroun’ de Town — Notes From the Homeless Perimeter,” all written within the last four months and available via search bar on this site.

The following is exerpted from a selection subtitled:

“SHOOT STRAIGHT, AND BE THOROUGH”)

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… There are still, however, of course, at these early stages of the rising new awarenesses among us, those increasingly few souls who find themselves infuriated by any independently and courageously told truth. 

The poet spends each and every night completely exposed, in a shelter which has no hope whatsoever of deflecting any anonymously launched bullet.

She invites anyone with such an urge to: 

Shoot straight, and be thorough.

A wounding would increase her local notoriety tenfold — and her local readership, ditto.

An outright killing would qualify her words for a much, much more widespread readership.

And she herself would find herself sweetly liberated from a world in which kindness between people is still ruled out by the exigencies of insurance contracts.

Her message cannot be unwritten. 

It already exists — in 8,000 posts over this three year period. 

It has been read by many thousands. 

Even if she never writes another word, those already published will continue their work…

… with the very effective assistance of anyone who might give in to the mistaken conviction that she’s talking for less than every single one of us, and decide to hurt her now.


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Among us, poets are not paid. The poet/editor of this website, being physically disabled, lives at a fraction of her nation’s poverty level, and is presently homeless. Become a patron of the fine arts at: https://www.gofundme.com/are-you-a-patron-of-the-arts

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