Monday, December 25, 2017

my old neighborhood, still the same

South Knoxville

the south side of Knoxville, Tennessee, 
where I grew up,
looks much the same as it did 50 years ago
I’m used to living around Durham, North Carolina,
where houses spring up like toadstools after a rain,
where new roads and new shopping centers
appear for the influx of people and money,

my old neighborhood is more the sign of a stagnant economy,
with houses and yards steady state,
business buildings keep the same walls
and new businesses move in for a few years
till they, too, don’t make it,

change and progress follow the money,
and the south of Knoxville doesn’t have the money
to support passing time in any change for the better.

by Henry H. Walker

December 19, ’17

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