5/04/2007

Where 0 Meets 15

My car broke down in Arizona,
have to ride the bus again,
at ten-o-clock on Tuesday night,
with thirteen cents and a broken pen.
I put my backpack on the bench,
tell two people I don't smoke,
see the cop across the street,
he thinks that I am selling dope.
I could have walked another block,
to get away from the scene.
Why does it always come to this,
where zero meets fifteen?

And so I gave my thirteen cents,
to the man who peed his pants.
He passes out and falls on me,
I watch my change fall from his hand.
I see the lady next to me,
holds her baby black and blue.
The junkie gutter-punks keeps asking,
where I got my new tattoo.
What does it matter anyway,
thirteen cents or all I own?
How can I ever save the world,
on cup-o-soup and student loans?

I want to try and save the world,
but it never goes that way.
God I don't know what to do,
down at Colfax and Broadway.

Now the man with no shoes on,
says I don't know how to play.
He says I fumble all the time.
He thinks that I am John Elway.
I put my face down in my hands,
water wells inside my eyes.
What do I have to give them?
Does it matter if I try?
I can't stand to see you suffer,
I try to intellectualize,
a formula to end you pain,
it doesn't work,
God knows I've tried.

Sometimes my cup is overfilled.
Sometimes I'm too afraid that I'm going to spill.

-Reese Roper

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