The Region

By Amie Bernard

                                                     In

                                               between

                                      smoke and asphalt,

                                     stand dilapidated

                                       stone buildings.

The hints of its success and evidence of its failure

                       The lines run deep here.

                                lines in the buildings

                                                                the streets

                       the faces.

                                These faces are hard.

               hard like

                                                    the sidewalks

                       the streets

                                       the steel.

        Man and industry, together they struggle for survival

        united in labor, reluctant of change

        There is nothing left for them

but to silently crumble into the Earth from which they came.