• Tyler Bauer

do you want to change the world?



ride the bus

or a bike

sit next to the mumbling man

who smells like vinegar

and sweat

and asshole


offer him a ride

not on your bike

unless

it’s all you have

ask people about their life

without waiting

to tell them all about

yours

hold the door

for pretty girls

for ugly girls

or

for no girls at all

just hold the door

smash up your TV to make something

from the bits of circuit board and wire

and plastic


display it where your TV used to be


or hold it and

walk through town


petting every

dog

and cat

donkey

iguana

and possum

that you come across


if they let you



listen to music

with banjos

and tambourines

so loud

your neighbor

comes over

just to ask


“what was that song with the banjo?”


and you

stomp and holler and sing it together

howling on the rooftop

with the guy that smelled like vinegar

and asshole

singing it

too


read a book

about the history of mustard

about a time traveling optometrist

about what it is like to be someone

other than yourself

about

what it is like to be like these words

black

surrounded by all white






if you really want to change the world


just

find what you love

and who you love

and

just

love



don’t kill yourself

trying to change the world


and the world will change

















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