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north fifth street poem #22

north fifth street poem #22

I appreciate west side christian in its
marvelous makeover of mcclernand  
it included me luckily surrounded by  
that school they trimmed my trees leveled
a long dirt barrow carted off my behemoth
brush pile it took a fork lift cleared the
adjacent jungle where a volunteer swung
on the vines whee and my neighbor of
27 years said he’d never known a gate
was there my yard now looks like a kid
who’s had his back-to-school haircut all
neat all scalped new shoes on his sole-tough
feet I really, really do appreciate being part
of mcclernand’s transformation the church’s
grand generosity but – but – I have watched
a small rabbit wander the grass what has
happened to its homeland and a possum too

2013 Jacqueline Jackson
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