ROOPVILLE

town incorporated in 1885
one old street and even older buildings
many vacant others still used
speed limit 40 mph but no police
it would look better placed
on the edges of hell

not as old as this town
why are you so vindictive?
I know of nothing I have done
to cause you to be so bitter
toward me or those I know
it is not my fault I still live
while so many others are gone

—-1974