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The Problem With The World Today

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I have a thumb missing on my right hand
From a birth defect.
One day in secondary school
A boy named William
Who had one leg
Shouted down the corridor,
So that everyone could hear,
‘Does anyone want to buy a thumb?’
I pointed out to him
That a leg was bigger than a thumb.
He didn’t like that.
He took me into the toilet
And shook my body against the cubicle door
Until I cried.
That’s the problem with the world today:
People say stupid things
Without even realising it,
And when you try to point it out to them
They shake your body against a cubicle door
Until you begin to cry.