New Yorkers Are Mean


“Here comes the sun do-do-do- do-do,” sings the street performer, as the flurry of passengers pass by.

The musical notes echoing euphoniously, floating into their ears

A blur of faces, not one more distinctive than the one behind

A sea full of strange faces, each awaiting departing to their destination

A select few compassionate individuals get captured by the musical tune and come to a halt,

Digging deep into their pockets for a handful of spare change

Or a few crumpled dollar bills to drop in the performer’s collection bucket,

Causing an exchange of smiles & a silent expression of gratitude

Guess the inhabitants of the Big Apple aren’t so mean after all.

– Rawnak Mahjabib


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