IS THIS PROGRESS?

I remember a time ago
remarking to my father
about the destruction
of trees in exchange
for new (and we decided,
cheap) houses

I said: the mud holes,
cement and sand seem
terrible when there
are houses rotting
down the street

And he replied, but
new houses represent
growth in the market;
a sign of health
for the economy

Luxury complexes with
names like Kimberly
Court and Salter Mews,
bumped out windows
for more space

and the appeal of a
stacked-tall estate
with cats & orchids
in the windows

But in the neglected lots
that fall vacant:
the sunflowers
are king

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