Uncivilized

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

bright

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

seen-

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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