It takes guts

to be a bum


It takes balls

to go your own way


To check out

of the game


Refusing to play

is a monk’s life


It is a struggle

to go it alone


Cut off from the pack

the crowd the rest


Who write you off

who shut you out


For taking the risk

that road not taken


They despise you

for defining your life


For controlling time

and claiming freedom


It takes courage to be

a bum a drunk an outcast


The group pities you

and shuns you though


They’re quietly humbled

and resentfully envious


By your choice of

Liberty over comfort


It shames their efforts

to help you back


Into the fold where

none of them want to be

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