John Grey

THE UGLY TOURIST

The locals don’t understand.

Why are you here among us

if you’re not buying our trinkets,

paying cash to take photos

of our hard leathery faces?

I’m trying to immerse myself

in the culture of these people.

Yes, they have dances and rituals,

beliefs and behaviors

with symbolic meaning,

religious significance.

But they just can’t afford them right now.

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