Slow return and quick departure
Despite its increased ruinous state, the detritus
how well we recognise and remember this shabby town
toddled these unhappy streets.
For no one in their right mind lives here now
the right-minded simply pass-through
stopover guests of some dire hotel
whose very short stays
were no doubt transfixed with total dissatisfaction.
Abandoned cars, many smashed windows
flurrying clouds of litter
all usurping respectability.
Thank god! thank god!
that for us our real home was waiting, elsewhere
and not poverty haunted
like this archaic worn out location.
Only good fortune and the duality of common sense
has seen us through.
We must shun such memories of this forsaken place
while not forgetting to pity the little ghosts
we used to be.