Torn Down City

Torn Down CityWelcome to Torn Down City – where I was raised:

Scratch her plate-glass smile and you’ll find her essence

In dank, dangerous lanes where lovers roam at midnight

Rubbing shoulders with life’s deadbeats and sociopaths.

All the grand houses are gone, razed by squaddies of planners

Taking orders from politicians with bulging back-pockets.

The same later granted Freedom of The City and who,

not soon enough, were laid to rest in their monolithic

mausoleums covered in their own heroic graffiti.

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One comment on “Torn Down City

  1. Very strong poetry. Made me think of a few places I’ve spent time. Detroit comes to mind.

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