jake st. john | eminent domain

Eminent Domain

less than a mile
from here
on the shores
of the Thames River
vacant lots
lay under
a swamped sky
barren plots
where houses
used to stand
and families
gathered at times
trumped the people
and when the tax
exemption expired
the pharmaceutical
company fled
into the night
under the moon
beneath those skies
like a thief
leaving behind
the largest
office complex
in town
and a neighborhood
of vacant lots

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