Patch on the Wall

The disadvantaged majority
Become an ‘ugly mark’
With their slums and gutters
And dirty rags fluttering on lines
With their hungry, naked, children
Spawned uncontrolled.
An eyesore.

Created yet rejected by society
To be ignored, hidden, covered up
So they no longer tell their story
Of oppression, loot and rape
Of hunger and illness
Dumped on them like refuse.

To be whitewashed, obliterated
Sanitized.
To be brought into the ‘mainstream’
To be ‘developed’ and ‘educated’
Once more a target. Once more a victim.
Of guilty charity and benevolence.

To no longer remain …
That Patch on the Wall.

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