The Forsaken City

21 Jul

forsaken city

By: Tony L. Jefferson, Jr.

The culture of deceit rises high

High enough to touch the grimy sky

Filled with the cries of the forsaken, the forgotten, the cursed

Misery coats the city streets with greed and depression

The people no longer care, for they are numb to any positive light that might shine upon them

Beautiful people, masked by the ugliness of the environment that preys upon their sanity

Forsaken, defeated, trampled by the rising cost of living

The lights struggle to stay lit; the water comes out in chunks

The leaders of the city are but figure heads with a status

They don’t know the struggle of the people

Or they do but do they really care

As long as they can sit fat at the table of success

No one else in the city matters a bit

So the crime rises and takes hold

The drugs become bold and strangles the life out of the youth

Good friends turn to enemies

And the people forget their own kind

They are just existing, not truly living

Working but not succeeding

Liking but not loving


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4 responses to “The Forsaken City

  1. isha

    July 22, 2009 at 9:42 am

    =] well written.

  2. Donna Shiflett

    July 22, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    your message within your writing conveyed, well done. How true, how sad, and how frustrating. The condition appears to big to be tackled. But hope still resides, we take back our cities one stone at a time, one person at a time, one family at a time and it all starts with me and you. Thanks for the thought provoking writing.

  3. Mary

    July 26, 2009 at 5:57 am

    The image you chose to use is truly haunting. It pulls you in and is the perfect complement to your poem.


  4. seth

    August 2, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    i realy like your composition of words,it paints a clear picture in the reader’s mind.


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