My People (poem)
by Rob Roper 1st Draft May 26, 2017
I have no use for the winners
The frat boys
with their careers
Taking the baby out for a stroll
with their expensive pure-bred dog
(probably ordered him online)
and their boring mainstream clothes
mainstream facial hair
according to the current fad
staring at their mainstream stupidphones
their boys and girls on bicycles with
but wearing helmets anyway
living in their big yuppy triplexes with
3 living rooms
and 4 baths
where a small house from the 1950’s once stood
shrubs and grass planted by
the developer landscape company
not a single flower to be seen anywhere
all neat and orderly
like their haircuts.
I have no use for these people.
They bore me.
Give me the losers
not because society rejected them
but because they rejected society.
worked odd jobs all their lives
and never had a career
because all careers seemed boring to them.
Those who never made it
due to lack of enthusiasm for “it”
Bring me the failures
those who have been searching all their lives
but never found it
The wannabe poets, artists and musicians
with and a sick and twisted sense of humor
and a healthy dose of cyncism
who know that American politics is corrupt
and whose taste in music
is a rejection
of the mainstream
and an embrace of the subversive
These are my people.
People like me.