Late last night a panhandler stopped me, Terry and Bear
With a story just like every other, a wife and children in his care.
He works and lives a clean life without washing his hair.
But pennies wait for beggars who narrate, grate and dare.
This morning I turned on TV, a newscast waited there,
A billion dollar droning thing with a reputation to repair.
I don't know why a child to feed is worth more than a prayer
Or why a deadened repetition keeps you in your chair.
So, bless the nervous ne'er-do-well, if only life were fair!
A beggar might not be worth a listen but CNN's not worth a stare.
DRONE, v.i. To intone without informing, alarming, alerting or intriguing, as custom compels and customers compensate.