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K.C. Millett
November 5th, 1927

It Seemed Different Then
Written:

I'm terrified of the city now,
Where I grew up as a child,
Everything has been replaced
By things gone crazy and wild.

It was easy then, but scary now,
It's not the way it was,
But as a kid I loved it so,
'Cause that what childhood does.

It sees the city as a friendly place,
It overlooks despair,
It only finds the strength it has,
And makes a playground there.

It loves the game of city life,
And plays it so carefree;
It manufactures make-believe,
In childhood fantasy.

But now I see it as it is,
'Mid push and shove and hustle,
You're fighting for survival here,
With mind and guts and muscle.

The homeless and the hungry,
Poverty and crime,
Child abuse and broken lives,
Pornography and grime.

Drive-by shootings for revenge,
Violence in high gear;
Senseless killings, drugs, and gangs,
Grief and endless fear.

What happened to the sanity,
My city's golden rule?
Oh, just to be a kid again,
Attending grammar school.

 

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