Friday, November 15, 2013

What is Your Deal?

What is your deal 60ish pony tailed sallow man in plaid work shirt and jeans and sandals slurping coffee? Why do you look so plain? Why aren’t you more cynical? Why do you bore people so? Why can’t you think originally?

What is your deal short overweight Mexican woman of some 36 years riding the bus to your menial job? Why do you look so downcast? Why do you talk into your cell phone as if all alone? Why are you so unhappy and not unhappy about being so unhappy?

What is your deal serious middle aged man in a nice new suit pouring over legal documents on the subway train? Why are so occupied with your job? Why are you so oblivious to the world around you? Why are serious?

What is your deal teenaged girl who is texting while sitting next to a living human being who is your friend and is texting also? Why don’t you talk to each other? Why are you so alone together? Why don’t you talk and write and listen and read? Why is your world in short abbreviated messages?

What is your deal angry young black man? Why do you play your music so loud? Why do you curse so publicly? Why do you disdain society? Why do you not question instead of reflexively hating? Why don’t you try other avenues?

What is your deal Mr. President? Why do you let drones kill innocent civilians in faraway places? Are their lives so less significant than American lives? Why are you not more concerned about them being blown to pieces or having limbs explode? Why don’t you live up to your Nobel Peace Prize?

What is your deal America? Why have you forgotten your poor? Why do you let so many go so hungry in a land of plenty? Why do you care so much about celebrity trivia and so little about human suffering? Why America do you let a precious few become super rich ten times over while so many others have nothing?

What is your deal?

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