"Race of Fools" by Jay Passer

people look at you funny

when something’s wrong

like a huge zit on the end of your nose

or really bad eczema 

maybe a wandering eye

or a hangover the size of a fat lip


and if it’s bad enough 

that you need crutches to hobble through it

people who never have noticed you at all

are suddenly opening the door for you

and picking up shit you dropped


I’m not sure who’s more pathetic

these self-serving pat-on-the-back robots

or myself for repeating the obvious