Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Buffalo and Glasgow - a poem

When I was in Buffalo NY last year I could not fail to see the similarity between the two great cities. Old industries dying and leaving the second cities dying and crumbling. This poem flowed out as easy as pie. Hope you all like it too.

                 Two cities
The two could be twinned, history so familiar
Niagara River, and Erie Canal made this city
As grain silos rose up in the sky, men worked hard
To get the grain ashore, milled and built steel.
The city of light, the Niagara Falls harnessed
To serve mankind, in all its glory and awe
The people of all colours sweated their labours
To make this proud city, aglow, resplendent.
Today, bleak in recession hit-West
Buffalo tries harder, the University is
A blessing, the young indebted for a future
Wait for the day, for the sun to rise again.
Glasgow, a proud second city, industries of coal
Steel and ships, the Queen’s ships built on River Clyde
Men and women of steel who gave of their lives
Working hard, skills of a lifetime cherished.
But the recession-hit world looks askance
As the unemployed youth grows and despairs that
The shipyards no longer strikes iron, jobs dwindle
The two cities twinned in hope, for a brighter tomorrow.


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