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I Bring the People In

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I Bring the People In

Some throw plump tomatoes
and harsh comments.
And some ask me for weed
as if I'm on it.

Others honk and throw me
five dollar bills.
But at the end of the day
I've had my fill.

I bring the people in
with a bright smile and friendly waves.
I bring the people in
with my ridiculous dance craze.

Music of all kinds
blair through my headphones.
It reverberates through me
from head to toes.

I simply stay afloat,
try not to sink.
Don't care what you
"civilized" people think!

This is what I do,
so please don't curse and fight.
This is what I do
and I'm gonna do it right.

I bring the people in
with a bright smile and friendly waves.
I bring the people in
with my ridiculous dance craze.

It may be dead end,
but I'm having fun.
Burning calories
under a summer sun

I lost twenty-two pounds
believe it or not.
Give me a sign
and I'll show you what I got!

This is what I do,
is that cool with you?



NOTE: For those that aren't familiar with what this is about, I used to be a Shakerboarder. There's other titles like sign-shaking sign-spinning etc. etc. Basically the job is draw attention to you by waving a sign on the side of the street. I really DID lose 22 pounds, btw.

Here's a Youtube video showing me at work... my old job...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iy8kuKUa2Lw

P.S. It was Black Friday weekend so they made me where the Santa suit...

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  1. Date: 7/23/2013 9:49:00 AM
    Luckily you can listen to your fave music.. Nice one!!

  1. Date: 6/15/2013 7:26:00 AM
    It brings me back to watching the video your dad shot. You have the moves Tim! Well worth watching the utube Video.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 6/16/2013 7:20:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    You certainly were enthusiastic, that is one of your characteristics that draws me to you and your work
    Hicks Avatar Timothy Hicks
    Date: 6/16/2013 12:27:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Rick... not to correct you, but it was actually shot by my mom! I was always one of the very few shakerboarders that were at all enthusiastic about the job... lol.
  1. Date: 6/15/2013 7:10:00 AM
    100% Cool with me :) Listening to music over headphones and dancing.. you forgot to mention the "Poet of Note !" What kind of music would make this person dance?

    Hicks Avatar Timothy Hicks
    Date: 6/16/2013 12:26:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I have a wide taste in music. But the stuff that inspires me to dance is the feel good music like 70s, Jack Johnson, Country (specific types), hip-hop, techno... etc. etc. Happy you're of the agreeing-types. Some driving by weren't always very kind!
  1. Date: 6/15/2013 5:08:00 AM
    Found it Tim, unfortunately the video will not run, maybe you can try again.

    Hicks Avatar Timothy Hicks
    Date: 6/16/2013 12:21:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hmm... that's odd. It should work! I'm not sure if I still have the video... my mom uploaded it like a year ago *shrugs*
  1. Date: 6/15/2013 5:00:00 AM
    I've seen these people Tim, out in all weathers, they very distracting too lol, I'll see if i can find you on you tube. Take care, Richard

  1. Date: 6/14/2013 1:13:00 PM
    Nicee! Congrats on losing 22 pounds! That must have been a SERIOUS workout, haha! You keep bringing the people in Timothy! ;)

    Hicks Avatar Timothy Hicks
    Date: 6/16/2013 12:20:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Haha... thanks for the congrats! Course this isn't my job anymore, it was still a fun and unique job. After doing that for hours a day, nothing much embarrasses me anymore... is that a good thing or not?