Dogs 2010

UNCIVIL PROJECTS
(7/14/10)


infrastructure
in steep
decline

we must have
the worst
roads
for a city
our size
in the nation
or possibly
the world

for many years
the streets
unwind

for the term
of one mayor's
occupancy
no repairs
other the most
perfunctory
were performed

we rushed and rushed
to patch
and seal

I would not
have
a new car
in this town
for any
amount
of money

too much damage
fell through
the deal

the carnage
collected
by my 12
year old
pickup
pisses me off
quite enough

downtown upgrade
led all
thinking

we had
to have
a new civic
arena
to attract
national acts
to the city's
center

with urban routes
all but
sinking

how anyone
is supposed
to get there
without disabling
a vehicle
is a mystery
to me

the city shines
but none
can go

it is
an embarrassment
a pretension
a hoax
drawing
unsuspecting
out-of-towners
to Tulsa
to spend
their money

potholes sinkholes
still rule
the show

the powers
that be
had better
relieve our guests
of their cash
credit
and valuables
at the airport
or city limits
before they realize
the true nature
of their
mistake

higher taxes
price tags
each day

we need
a new sign
to greet
all arrivals…
"Welcome
To The Shame
Of The Midwest!"

I hate their shit
we all
must pay

now
there's a new
mayor left
with the aftermath
and everyone
blames him
for the lack
of progress

fix all the roads
at the
same time

I voted
for him
so I hope
that he solves
the problems
soon

no streets open
madness
sublime

at least
our visitors
can leave