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Topic: Anger (01/24/05)
TITLE: I Don't Need You
By Karen Jimmy
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I sound angry myself, but I’m not. Why should I be now? I’m free. I don’t need you, I don’t need anyone. I’ve been totally on my own and totally carefree for 5 years now. No-one bothers me and I don’t bother them. I talk to people only as much as I have to, to get by.
Like my boss. He cares for me way more than you ever did, and you were supposed to be my family, my big brother. I run errands for him, drop off parcels and stuff. I’ve never been in trouble yet so I don’t ask questions, just do my job and get the paper I need to eat. I don’t have to worry about rent or anything because I have my own designated corner in an abandoned house downtown. I live there with a bunch of junkies. They never bother me because to them I’m just a bum street kid and they never suspect I’m making bank doing my job.
Yeah, I’m happy, and I don’t need you. I don’t need anyone.
There’s this weird preacher man who keeps coming into our neighbourhood and trying to tell us all that we’re missing out on something. He says we need people, we need relationships- close ones with people we can trust. Well, not me. I learned what it means to trust someone you love. It means a fist upside the jaw, that’s what it means.
This preacher keeps at it, and the other day he started hassling me personally, can you believe it? He says I’ve got anger and I need to let it go. I said the angriest person I know is my big brother, and compared to you man, I’m totally sweet. There’s nothing wrong with my attitude.
It did get a little unnerving when the preacher started asking me how I was sleeping at night. And I admit it was really weird when he told me he knew I had really bad stomach cramps sometimes. He says that’s a common problem and it comes from holding anger inside.
Nah, what does he know? I’m not angry!!! I’M NOT!
I don’t need you, I don’t need a preacher on my back, I don’t need his God or his big fancy book, I don’t need love…
I don’t need anything and I don’t need anybody.
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