17 January, 2002
Scraggly oaks arch over the road
In the section of Durham that’s white.
Holly pushes through concrete,
By the School of Science and Math.
Some smart-ass is taking a bath,
Abluted from head down to feet.
Urban schools are ruined from racism’s plight,
Young black men carry the load.
The traffic is heavy on Club Boulevard,
One house has panels for heat.
Cut rose limbs wait for warm weather,
A steeple bears war and foul air.
A Suburban rambles nary a care,
A bus whistles past some dead heather.
Flappy joggers try to look neat.
You can see love, but have to look hard.
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