Treasure Island

Lawrence S. Pertillar

(February/'47 / Connecticut, USA)

Do Not Wanna Bum

Do not wanna bum...
Cigarettes or money.
Do not wanna bum...
Gloom, keep it sunny.
Do not wanna bum,
From those in a slump.
Or she said he said,
Stuff to dump!

Do not wanna bum...
From boo hoo doers.
Do not wanna bum...
From folks near sewers.
Do not wanna bum...
From a sweetened tongue,
With game to run!

Penny pinch and do it deeper.
Keep your head from weeping teachers.
Or those with nothing else to do.
But share bad news to give to you.
Refuse to sing duets...
With those who moan,
In times that test!

And choose not to bum...
Cigarettes or money.
Refuse the gloom that comes.
Try to keep it sunny.
You don't wanna bum...
From those in a slump.
Or pick up stuff they wanna dump!

Do not wanna bum.
Say no!
Do not wanna bum.
Say no!
Do not wanna bum.
Say no!
Say no not me I'm not the one!
To bum.
Say no!
I'm not gonna bum.
Say no!
I'm not gonna bum.
Say no!
And do your best not to be undone!

Submitted: Tuesday, August 12, 2008
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