Why did it have to be a ghetto neighbourhood?
in a time of romanticized ‘new wave’ abundance–where everyone
wore the same clothes, had the same lunches in class, were
taught by the same teachers, anticipated and assimilated educations.
It could have been worse — just another inner city suburb on its
way down into a conglomerate of a metropolis, just another
ethnic group expected to head up the next generation of new world
educated order…just another group of career options- science and math,
just another limited streamline of incremental steps to success
the dreams aren’t so invigorating when your surrounded by fear
wanting to summon the octaves out of a school yard brawl — some
just won’t have it, the monotony that evades the poetry,
there’s a name for the those types: danger-us, those that collapse structures,
they’re all vertical, not horizontal, going wayward, disabled not enabled,
wild–not intelligent, impenetrable will, the forgotten inspiring.