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Fifty Two Miles

Updated on March 13, 2013

Fifty Two miles of urban sprawl

The expanse of London, 8 million in all

All coming to seek their fortune and fulfil their dreams

But most fall into the cracks somewhere in between

Unemployment rife and the youth are despairing

They brought into a lie, and now are accused of not caring

The unequivocal pain they must feel

The angst of living, of being real

The tap of the police on a neighbour’s front door

One drug dealer down, now raising seven more

The fast road to riches, the fast road to death

And yet in this urban sprawl I’d say that I am blessed.


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      shofarcall 5 years ago

      I am enjoying your hubs. Only discovered you today. Have decided to follow for now! Great poem filled with 2 differing realities.

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      Dennis L. Page 5 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

      Voted up and awesome. The lure of making fast money is a mystery to me. The influx of the drug trade and those who are caught in this web do, in fact, have a way of bringing down an entire neighborhood. Unfortunately, as you so eloquently put it, the cycle then continues with the next generation.

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      Gianandrea Maoli 5 years ago from South Carolina

      That's a very well done poem. I think it does take the tragedy we see around us to realize how fortunate we truly are in our own lives. At the same time, we cannot help but feel sorry for those around us that aren't so lucky.

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      Joseph A K Turner 5 years ago from West Yorkshire

      And am privileged to have! Thank you for your kind words Aiysha17!

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      Aiysha Jebali 5 years ago from UK

      Beautiful rhythm and a masterfully articulated point! Wonderful work! You just gained a follower :)

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      Joseph A K Turner 5 years ago from West Yorkshire

      thank you! I write quite a lot of poetry, the average one only takes a few minutes, but they are simple and enjoyable! Glad you liked it

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      whonunuwho 5 years ago from United States

      You have a nice control of expressiveness and rhythm in your writing and this work is well done in its message.