Grow Up

Monday, January 10, 1994

I met two street urchins and I asked them why
they spent their time rummaging in a pig-sty
and they said hey youve got money to blow
we make a living out of things others throw
in landfill
and I said why dont you grow up.

It was just this morning that I decided to die
and come back reincarnated as another guy
who turned around and said hey why dont you show
them why do you like to lie low and still
and I said why dont you grow up.

Last night I dreamed of someone who was shy
who would spend all the time using a sigh
as a device to let other people know
how exasperating it was to be called Joe
Hill
and I said why dont you grow up.

She was hungry so she ordered a pineapple pie
and offered me a spoonful so I could try
but I wrinkled my nose in order to show
that I suddenly felt like I had to go
be ill
and she said why dont you grow up.

They sat on the roof under a pitch black sky
and smoked and drank and got a bit high
until the phone rang and she had to go
with the back seat turned down so she could stow
a bicycle
and I said why dont you grow up.