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he says he's not used to everyone looking
except for when he's on stage performing
is everyone looking? I ask in surprise
because when I look they must avert their eyes

he says they think I'm here looking after you
I say next time I'll tongue you, will that do?
I'm sorry friend, but now you know
going out with me is like being in a freak show

they don't know what to do with me
my image hardly inspires pity
they're drawn to look at my wacky hair
then panic when they see my wheelchair

should they look, or look away?
if they speak to me what should they say?
I feel their eyes bulging as I loudly deal with somebody
treating me invisibly, trying to get served before me..

he says he's not used to everyone looking
except for when he's on stage performing
I say ah, but you are on stage performing
you're with me...

clair lewis
dec 1999

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