Essay on Being Nonexistent

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Being Nonexistent

Grant Park in Chicago is large enough to get in the way of the city. Where I come from, the parks are contained within and of themselves. They take up a good city block, in my stomping grounds of small city south-west, and they "contain themselves" like a margarita that spills nothing over the rim of the glass. Grant Park, however, is interrupted by streets and railroad tracks and buildings, and these seem to be the ingredients that push the slush of the park over it’s curbs like fruit over a rim, and it seems as though these big cities like to make a park more like an event. Large ovals of flowerbeds enclosed within and without by large expanses of grass. Purple, white, and yellow flowers sleep. Tasteful walkways lead
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Between the step his butt’s on, and the step his feet are on, a brown splintered candy cane cane is parallel to the left side of his body, and the curve of the cane rests like a head on the shopping bags for pillows. He plays with the rubber knob at the other end of the cane, his hand is dirty and his palm is white and yellow and pink.

Five passers-by walk by, say nothing, see nothing, offer nothing. He observes them all, says nothing, but in one fast collection of motion, nods his head down and swoops it to the right, jack-knifing his left hand up in a schizophrenic wave. What a strange relationship these pseudo humans have with the world. They’re like vampires that suck their own blood, and "people," police, and politicians, pay no attention to them. I here nothing of the "living" state of these people unless a situation arises among acquaintances whom argue with me, vivaciously, that these people are not participating individuals who contribute in this society and do not in any way deserve or need a handout from "regular" people. I am an avid financial supporter of homeless people, and recently encountered a sign outside of a restaurant that pleaded that it’s customers avoid panhandlers, as the benefits they receive from our donations, more often than not, are spent on addictions. This made me think. Perhaps the "peanut butter and jelly sandwich" theory may very well surpass any "benefits" that may come from handouts.

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