Annexation

The city has annexed three hundred acres
from the county, between highways,
to the southwest of town.
Item five on the Council’s agenda,
none opposed. There are some structures
that will need to be torn down,
to the southwest of town.

A railroad spur splits that land in half.
Rusting silos and old coal bins
are nestled against the tracks.
They’re ancient eyesores, it’ll take work
to make the area suitable
for retail space they can tax,
nestled against the tracks.

There’s some businesses already there,
they’re seen as community blights:
peep shows, taverns, pawn shops.
The city will make their owners offers,
and if they’re declined, they’ll call in
enforcement raids by the cops,
peep shows, taverns, pawn shops.

There’s folks living out in the annexed land:
some single, some families
just scraping by down there.
They can’t fight the government.
The city will take their homes.
To most it won’t seem fair,
just scraping by down there.

My home’s on the list to be removed.
My liquor store, too, will vanish
leaving an empty lot
where my dad built it in ’62.
I’ll take their cash and move to town,
and drink until I rot,
leaving an empty lot.

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