Or hot summer sun
Brick by brick
I lay the foundation
Of buildings that I’ll never
Get to stay in.
Working on daily wages
A struggle to survive.
On dismal days
Ghosts of poverty
Darkness threatens to engulf
And my tiny world
Kept at bay by
Of the construction site.
In the land of the
Pursuit of property,
Where my civil rights
To the skyscrapers
And the crowded malls
Lugging my ambivalent
Lower class baggage
Towards its fast expiring future…
With no inclination
To invest and detonate
In front of
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