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Outside a convenience store,
the usual beggar on the street,
rattling a worn styrofoam cup

He's kind enough to open the door,
shaking the cup with its few coins

And when someone walks out without paying
him, in money or attention,
he calls "Fucking asshole,
maggot, tramp!" into the unhearing night air

"Aren't you going to say something back?" I ask a passerby.

"Oh you know, he's just introducing himself."

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