Give Them Time

February 10, 2016

Around this time
children take over the streets
ballin ridin walkin runnin
We bow at their need
to fill the day
crackin laughin singin fightin
Cars swerv on silent
Porch protectors sip and see
watch dogs turn friendly
Forheads unfurrow
Around this time
Councils come to meet
prison college testing red lines
They bow at a greed
to feed the bank
pushing planning placing
Pens making policy
in the cool AC
for the children at play
Sunlit on blocks
their feet will never meet
These children
taking over the streets have already
Been given their time
It’s no longer yours


© Vanya Allen


February 6, 2016. Coconut Grove, FL. Photo by Johanne Rahaman
















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