sin city graffiti ditty



downtown stubble rubs gritty

tenement windows broken

night escort working pretty

pimp keeps tight grip on token


street addicts living nitty

homeless die for opiates

poor men don’t want no pity

just need to beat jobless rates


how survive stinking city

urban education rules

alley thugs share thieves’ kitty

gangstas teach in dropout schools


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16 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Frank J. Tassone
    Apr 14, 2018 @ 09:13:52

    Tight rhythm and rhymes, lynn__! A blistering portrait of the troubles in far too many cities!


  2. lillian
    Apr 12, 2018 @ 13:23:23

    Well I smiled at the title and then was totally sobered by the poem itself. The seemy side of the city. And you’ve used a Boston accent with your gangstas! It’s wicked smaht!


  3. Gospel Isosceles
    Apr 11, 2018 @ 21:39:16

    In some schools gang culture is so prevalent that it does seem as if the gang leaders have more pull than the actual teachers. Even indirectly. What a cycle to be caught up in. Love the title.


  4. Grace
    Apr 11, 2018 @ 19:29:41

    Sadly this is part of city life too ~ I see a lot of homeless and drug addicts in the city streets ~


  5. Vivian Zems
    Apr 11, 2018 @ 12:51:26

    The title fits perfectly with your write. Sadly, every city has all these elements in growing numbers. A good job!


  6. Frank Hubeny
    Apr 11, 2018 @ 12:11:51

    Nice sound and rhyme on city.


  7. kim881
    Apr 11, 2018 @ 03:20:14

    I love the rhymes in this, Lynn, and the opening lines evoke seediness and squalor::
    ‘downtown stubble rubs gritty
    tenement windows broken’.


  8. jillys2016
    Apr 10, 2018 @ 20:16:46

    Seems unfair that there is only a ‘Like’ button on here. Just imagine the ‘Love’ button had been clicked. This is fabulous! Especially that last line.


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