Hour 22- unfettered progress

Another building going up
filling in the last piece of open space
more apartments, more offices
compartments to contain and hold
the lives of the city’s people

Nothing stops the wheels of progress
the bottom line doesn’t have space
for a park or the historic and human scale
buildings that were once there

Now bulldozers and pile-drivers
tear up and pin down another
tower of metal and glass

What will stop them
it’s hard to say
natural disaster
urban decay
climate crisis

Somehow they find a way
to stack the boxes in their favor
despite tragedy and loss
but when there aren’t any
people left to stack in these boxes

Invisible forces will enforce
nature’s creed and it’s likely
that man’s greed will push
us all the way

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