Paradise Razed

In a town called Paradise, California

There was a now infamous blaze

They called it “The Camp Fire”,

such an innocuous sounding name

it kind of hides the scope of things,

The entire town was razed

& Eighty five people perished

Such a horror, tragedy, & a shame

By:J.N.R Dutton

66,000

There are 66,000 homeless people now on the streets of L.A.

I learned that fact earlier today, and I’ve got a few things to say

It’s a pity, it’s a shame, how reckless policies have ruined the state

of California

A man I know is making his Exodus, and I’m glad he is,

that he chose not to stay

California needs drastic, intelligent change

By:J.N.R Dutton

California Nightmare (Poem)

Let me tell you about the flip-side

of the California dream

It’s not all glitz & glamour

like is portrayed on T.V.

Housing is expensive there,

and there is rampant poverty

There are homeless, addicts, and panhandlers

walking the streets

I was only there for a little while

but I can’t forget what I’ve seen

More attention needs to be drawn

To this tragedy, this state of emergency

By:J.N.R Dutton