Tuesday Tirade: People

Today I’m going to rant about people. Oh, not you. I like you. It’s those other ones. You know the ones I’m talking about.

Irrisponsible dog owners. I see dog poop on sidewalks and trails all the time. If you have a dog, you pick it up, that’s the rule. Did you miss that question on the test? Ever forget a poop bag? I have. You only usually do that once (well, maybe twice). Do you leave it? Of course not, you find a leaf, a piece of garbage, or as a last resort, you flick it into the bushes or bury it. What really makes me shake my head are the people who use the bag, then leave it on the ground. Are you kidding me?

Cyclists. I’m one, but I’m not one of those. You’ve seen them. The darters, the lane hogs, the speeders, the “I don’t have to signalers”. They are the ones that make drivers and pedestrians dislike us.

The Rudes. Your not the most important person on the planet. Everything doesn’t revolve around you, and you have no right to berate the cashier when they are having difficulty serving you. Getting angry isn’t going to get your order ready any faster.

The Vroomers. They get mad when you may have accidentally cut them off, or committed the horrible offence of…wait for it…pulling in front of them. They them proceed to accelerate quickly to put you in the rearview mirror. I also saw a driver the other day accelerating in front of an emergency vehicle—I assume so that they wouldn’t have to pull over. They are probably the ones who need to squeal their tires at 3 AM.

Are there more that need a mention? Yeah, but I don’t have time.


Leon Stevens is a multi-genre author, composer, guitarist, songwriter, and an artist, with a Bachelor of Music and Education. He published his first book of poetry, Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures in January 2020, followed by a book of original classical guitar compositions, Journeys, and a short story collection of science fiction/post-apocalyptic tales called The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories. His newest publications are the novella trilogy, The View from Here, which is a continuation of one of his short stories, and a new collection of poetry titled, A Wonder of Words.

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I am an author, composer, and an artist. I published my first book of poetry: Lines by Leon – Poems, Prose, and Pictures in January 2020 and a book of original classical guitar compositions. My latest book is a short story compilation of science fiction/post-apocalyptic tales called, The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories.

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