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Spring/Summer 2018

Visitors to the Hood

by Shirley Jones-Luke

Tourists have become predators.


Suburban faces 

appraising brown bodies

viewed as nuisances


Sallow expressions with narrow

eyes view the neighborhood of

99 cent stories & corner convenience stores

with disdain


Avoiding the denizens of

brightly lit streets was not

easy, they see no marvels

in the area


As they eye the young men talking at

a nearby table, dressed in baggy clothing,

wondering if they're gang members

as scantily dressed, young women

hang around them 


The group wonders & whispers at the

"problems" they see &

make plans to "revitalize" the area,

with the hard-working people

of the hood not in the planning

 Shirley Jones-Luke is a poet and a writer. Ms. Luke lives in Boston, Mass. She has an MFA from Emerson College.

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