Saturday, February 18, 2012

Empty Houses

rows of empty houses
rotting to the ground
totally abandoned
since the Navy Base shut down

while homeless veterans sleep in streets
or out beneath the stars
some single moms with tiny kids
are living in their cars

officials say, “it’s crazy”
and want the homes torn down
“there’s too much unemployment
already in this town”

still homeless veterans walk the street
with nothing left to lose
searching for a meal to eat
in ancient wore out shoes

politicians say, “let’s do a study,
let’s first get all the facts.”
while more forgotten warriors
keep falling through the cracks

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