you don’t ever know

any street any town anywhere

that man there cleaning shop windows

wondering just how he’s going to cope

with two kids now she has run away

with the guy he used to call friend

& those two kids hand in hand at the bus stop

in long socks to hide the bruises momma gave

she can’t cope anymore her man don’t understand

& the guy there with the white face pained

by his ‘rhoids ache there in his ass

while the woman limps by her arthritis hot

past the one with MS disability nobody sees

that one got depression only lithium can ease

him there her there going about their long day

two jobs still not able to pay the back rent

we see the stoners giggling tryin’ to get high

not getting they be self-medicating to get by

the hiv+ person not wanting to tell us why

& all there every day any street anywhere

while all we see is other people we don’t care

don’t wanna understand nobody gets our pain

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