Tourist
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The tourist is a particularly strange creature

They will spend a week's worth of your pay on a necklace made of twine and polished stone

Women will talk down to the elderly

Finding amusement in their manner of speech

They will gawk at the men selling peanuts in the streets

While their husbands gaze longingly at the girls on the corners

Those men will promise the young ones everything they could ever dream of

Never offering an explanation when they leave them to wake up alone

They will feed the hungry

As long as they can recite the Lord’s Prayer in proper English

Turn away and whisper under their breaths,

“Perhaps they would not be so poor,

If they didn't breed like vermin.”

They will find snippets of us

Create a version of us in their minds

Becoming enamored with the idea

Remaining disgusted at the reality

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