Rob Ayling, yer Gonzo Grande Fromage, writes:
I'M STILL IN LOVE WITH YOU
OLDE AUSTIN OF 1992(when i first moved
but you have been displaced ,and all your elders in diaspora
flee gridlock and high property taxes -to Buda,Kyle,Round Rock ,Georgetown
and commute down Death Highway IH35 to High Rise Valet Parking Condominia
New Austin?i got to meet you when my car broke down on IH35 in rush hour Friday
No one stopped to help-they swore and drove fast past.And when,@poetry
all i owned was stolen /credit cards abused,and APD did nothing.East Side
has coffee shops and restaurants,but only Victory Grill and Kenny Dorham's Backyard as indigenous cultures
BLACK is now BLACK HISTORY.Resistencia had to move .SXSW swamped folk cultures,and now we have murders and K2.
I still live-in restricted funding Libraries,which cannot afford to open every day
and with a Bonded Central Library that has not opened and is way over Budget.APD still kills blacks
and Capitol Metro will not provide regular services.(Light Rail to Leander?)
Austin,you went BIG-high rents,high rates of eviction
Soon Taco Marias will close.Hippy Church-where will you go?
Poetry is a whisper in coffee shops and independent bookstores
I will not ask you to care,New Austin.You prefer Festivals over Parks and Gardens.
Gridlock over bicycles and pedestrians.I will love you when you are small-like a pit bull.
But you are biting tall now.Like a confused dinosaur..