The fourpenny line

How much poorer do we need to be?
I’m talking
but socially impoverished is poverty too
and that’s what they don’t want you to know.
they bulldozed their way
through the old streets of yesterday
and relocated the residents,
in high rise, down town
apartments where the rot
set in,
Just another ‘hood
where they’re up to no good,
but now you don’t know
who they are
supposing it’s better than there,
it’s still not flamin’ Bel Air though,
is it?

© 2019, John Smallshaw.