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

Experience

 

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

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