SHATTUCK AVENUE

I came to a town and walked all around
Looking for a place with space to lie down
Under wave after wave of machinery sound
But found no place not owned
And no place not patrolled
Just mile after mile of concrete ground
A man soon passed
I immediately asked
What place is nearby for a man like me
Who wants to be warm and safe and free?
He glanced around to see
Then shook his head
And shrugged and said
I really don’t know
Where you should go
But you shouldn’t wait
Don’t hesitate
It’s getting late
The cops will get you for vagrancy
Get off the streets, the sooner the better
Remember, be careful, don’t loiter
He started away
I asked once again
For a suggestion of direction
Just head for the hills
I heard him say
I started to move
He pointed the way