Abi Rant‘s “River Rats and Other Derogatory Terms” is a poem that hits a cord with me; it’s a performance poetry piece so you really are better listening to the file

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I want the freedom to be different,
I don’t have to live like you,
I’m not the cause of moral panic,
I’m just a traveller through and through.
I can’t cope in bricks and mortar,
I’ll want different vistas soon,
For the moment I’m a local,
Then it’s someone else’s town.

I want the freedom to be different,
I want to live on my own terms,
I don’t need an attitude adjustment,
I ain’t no beggar, nor no theif.
I’m just a traveler on the waterways,
I stick by the rules,
For the moment I’m a local,
Come spring-time, who knows?

I want the freedom to be different,
I earn my living place to place,
I pay my license and my taxes,
I do; take that look off your face.
I’m just a traveller in the community,
I don’t wish to cause alarm,
For the moment I’m a local.
Don’t worry; I’ll soon be gone.

Reproduced with permission © Abi Rant