The Times of Hartford | Tony Hansen

gutted structures near downtown
three story flats all in rows
marked for urban renewal
rusted tin post boxes screwed 
into brick by removed doors
residential last remains
i walked among raw auras
soon to become parking lots
on the near margin of night
punched in at the paper
rookie police reporter
hired by The Hartford Times
wrote it out some months
apathy took me away 
Times folded soon after 
several careers later	
suburbs sustain tired seed
work calls me in one Sunday
no commuter camouflage
park abounds with junkies
seven a.m. hooker strolls
methadone clinic clients
my cubicle the city
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