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Poetry: Burn, Baby, Burn [#napowrimo2012]

Posted in bad ideas, blame society, creativity, culture, napowrimo, poetry, society on April 29th, 2012 by Hannibal Tabu
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Great discussion this morning on Sunday Morning Live.

A train runs through center
of Los Angeles’ urban blight,
graffitti tagged streets
crime statistics
lower property values.

There’s no smoke
today
no truckers
pulled from place of work
national guard isn’t being deployed
fear that lurks on corners
and in alleys
is everyday variety.

Harder to get a job here
than it was twenty years ago.
More digital opiates,
glowing rectangles
chances for distraction.

Trayvon Martin.
Fredrick Martin Jr.
Oscar Grant, Jr.
Kendrec McDade.
That’s just this year.

Blood set to ignite
the fire this time.

Now train runs through town,
urban renewal
launched twenty years
after justice failed to stop here.

Easier to ship in troops via rail
armor via freeway
suppression via air
should sparks alight again.

“On The Anniversary Of The 1992 Uprisings”
By Hannibal Tabu

One more day left …

Watching (Hulu): Parks & Recreation “The Debate” by Maroon 5

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