the banners and the bandstand are coming down
and the broken ground has soiled a row of spades
and the mikes came on and buzzed feedback
and the media got its spin and spun away
and they chanted a mantra :
“We’re pleased to be partners in progress,”
and what it all means for the local economy
and the giant check has been photographed in their hands
and handed to the PR man for disposal
and the mayor and the council and the CEOs shook
as they faced the wall tiles in the stalls
looking to the future

c. 2001, 2008 Evan Gilling


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