Lost World


A borough in

Western Pennsylvania

(towns are called

Boroughs) that

Died when steel died


And, unlike the city

Close by (that is only

Called a city),

There was no

Rising up,

No Easter-kind



Anything that might

Be beautiful is old

From the time

When beauty

Could be afforded


The bones of

Some buildings are

Strong, while

Others stand ready

To fall over

With a sigh


Children attend

A consolidated

School in the area,

Learning to

Leave already


The bar owner

Can’t afford it

But must have

The place

Open anyway


For where else

Can one

Drink hope


Persistence alone

Without substance

Keeps life