by m. e. roach


21st century

1st world problems

babbling hipsters

lots of coffee


the rich see danger

as something for kicks


have you ever had nothing left to want?

have you ever found that the american dream

is, after all, just a dream?



and dreams are empty


walk down michigan avenue


fancy shops

good pizza

towering buildings


have you ever, ever looked down the yellow alleys?

seen the towering fire escapes, dirty and misshapen?

have you ever, ever seen the ones who beg?

not looked at


their beautiful, beautiful eyes


we have solved nothing

slavery is not over

prejudice is not gone


and the world rolls on, groaning.


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