Sunday, June 7, 2015


Burned out shells grow plywood skin
Shed bricks and eaves
Scraped clean of copper, iron, brass.
Along the rocky sidewalk
One mown lawn like a missing tooth
Midst meadows of evergreen and every grass

Diehards and activists self-medicate with
Community gardens and Artisan shops  
First Annual Neighborhood Cleanup Day.
New pioneers resurrecting this legendary organism
Demolition, rebuilding, success written
All over their matching t-shirts.
Ready to be the hero who’ll pull the dagger
Out of its heart.

Photo Prompt: Mag 273


  1. Maria, this one speaks to me of a neighborhood that is ready to rise from the bottom.. and in another 10 years it will all be Plexiglas-gentrified I reckon.

  2. Nice write. My favorite lines:
    "Diehards and activists self-medicate with
    Community gardens and Artisan shops"
    "...success written
    all over their matching t-shirts."

    Well done.

  3. I have to admit, King Arthur wasn't my first thought when looking at that prompt...

  4. Very creative! I saw the wood plank looking like a sword but you nailed things unseen. Bravo!

  5. I cant help but think theyre deluding themselves , too


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