John Grey




Urban Chaos Part 7

Over and over, problems take the political route.
Politician on TV:
yes there’s urban chaos
and we are seeing into it
besides says another,
it’s not just neighborhoods in decline,
moral values descend
the closer you are to the inner city.
A map with plenty of pins
explains exactly where he’s talking about.
Some black preacher says something about
the imminent lateness of the promised future
and how there’s some folks don’t know
what goes on in the streets
or don’t want to know.
Meanwhile, on Monday, men sit behind fat desks
and plan the coming week’s excuses.



John Grey is an Australian poet, US resident. Recently published in the Homestead Review, Poetry East and Columbia Review with work upcoming in Harpur Palate, the Hawaii Review and North Dakota Quarterly.



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