Not Meant to Last – Blink and You’ll Miss It

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White variation of a Red Trillium – Trillium erectum var. Alba – Frick Park – Pittsburgh, PA

City silence is relative… Sound is a product of heat…
When the streets get hot people take to their feet…
Thunderstorm rumble can’t cover up the past…
A neighborhood is temporary… It’s not meant to last…

Endless parade of status… Gawking single file…
White and well dressed… Dollar sign smile…
Marching against the poor to finally repent..
Divided class rising… Dead presidents represent…

We all stand up and march against the violence…
Yet the problem is the cause… The cause is silence…
The poor are nothing more than the con of the rich…
Living on minimum wage… Being a corporate bitch…

Breezy evening dreaming… Life is always in the air…
Feet on the sidewalk and clean without a care…
Classifieds because of the church… Meeting of commons…
The rich get a bill… The poor get a summons…

plant petunias and question everything – chriscondello

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The Road to Hell is Paved by Volunteers

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Dammit people I have a problem…
My beliefs are starting to change…
I’m seeing things in the nonprofit world…
That strike me as oddly strange…

First things first… Lets get this straight…
I am not a nonprofit… I’ve never received a grant…
I really dislike when people say I can’t…

When you see photos of my gardens…
When you see photos of my “work”…
Never received a penny… And dealt with the jerks…

At some point you begin to feel used…
Broken down… Beat up… And mentally abused…
Cleaning a neighborhood is a thankless job…

I feel that I can do amazing work…
Doesn’t mean a thing in the real world…
Community service hours in the thousands…
They don’t mean a thing in the real world…
Won’t help you get a job…
Even with the people you volunteer for…
If a college grad has applied…
They’ll get the job… Even if your more qualified…

The road to hell is paved in good intentions…
But I’d be willing to bet it was paved by volunteers…

peace – chriscondello

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