Thursday, February 13, 2014

Working The Wall - Summer 2006

Not being good at saying no
I've surprised myself these last six days

It's actually not a no, but worse
me going about my business, no yes

And it wouldn't pay to mention it
if it occurred anywhere but The Wall

What in the world am I talking about?
nothing, if not a myriad of beggars

I've seen a down and out man ask for change
to be told by a forlorn woman, "I'm asking myself"

I've had men push their faces up to mine
in the middle of my minyan saying Shma

I made an intuitive decision
that I have mixed feelings about- at best

It seems better to use the official box
than to give in once, then be barraged

And yet the degree to which they get to me
this itself-well, it gets to me.


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