SAMPLE POEM

Gentrification Is When

 

 

my land has more value

when you own it

 

you’re invited to the neighborhood association

i’ve never seen the welcome mat

 

you move to my neighborhood for diversity

don’t do a damn thing to diversify your own hometown

 

you stroll carefree through my neighborhood

i’m arrested while driving through yours

 

you buy your house

evict me from my dream home

 

you move in and Bi-Rite stops stocking

my Nana’s #1 ingredient: affordable

 

bike lanes go up where there always were bikes

just brown riders

 

hundreds of you are never a mob

two of us is always a gang

 

the city installs new lights at Dolores Park for you

builds a new jail at 17th and Valencia for me

 

you think this poem is a joke

i don’t care what you think

 

but i have to

 

 

                                 from Salvation on Mission Street 

                                 © Cathy Arellano, 2016

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