The Raven #2: Bronx Stories

D Train at 167th and Grand Concourse

Subway Entertainment

As I step on the D train on 167 St. going downtown to Manhattan, thereís a bum or whatever he is, just trying to make some money. So he come on the train and said jokes, his jokes were so funny. I could remember his jokes so well, how funny and crazy they were. He came on the train and said, ďMy girl told me that she wanted to go to the movies and out to dinner. You know where I took her. I took the bitch to PS 129. Free lunch all day.Ē Yo I fell out laughing. Then here comes a woman and her husband playing the keyboard and a flute, singing a song that goes like, "Iím broke, dead broke. I wish I was you...and you and you." I mean I see a lot of people on 167 St. just doing their talents, I mean why canít our people just get a job? Because if I owned a talent place, I would hire them. But itís like people are scared of being let down.

The story was posted on 2004-06-01