The All-Clear Never Sounds

Gentrification is a jackhammer
a bone-rattling call of alarm
it’s vibrato crush a warning
change is on its way
those deaf to the grumbling
blackout siren
cracking, gutting, upearthing
will inevitably
be pounded under the piston
of progress
without extinction
there is no evolution
displacement, upheaval
ruined lives and blood in the streets
is the price of business
capitalism: unchecked, unbalanced
lunging forward
striking, envenomating
all dumb lumbering beasts
to slow or too thick-witted
to have not heeded
the jackhammer’s exhortation
to move or die


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