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BEGGARS’ OPERA

Dave has been living in the streets
for five years.
He begs every day
to get money for a bite to eat.

He has a crutch that he uses,
just like in The Three Penny Opera,
that he's never heard of.
They didn't assign Brecht
in Dave's high school.

The other day
on the F train,
Dave was telling the story of his accident
and how he just got out of the emergency room
of Beth Israel Hospital,
when a blind man offered to give Dave
a dollar.

Dave said,
"No man, that's ok!"
and quickly made his way out the door
and back into the next subway car,
as the train moved on.


  George Snedeker