For my creative poem I decided to take inspiration from Wordsworth’s London, 1802. While the poem itself does not directly mention my hometown it still has key elements that would apply to my hometown. East Los Angeles is a city that is known for it’s high population of low-income households. For many of its’ residents it can be challenging getting by day-to-day when the opportunities of financial success are close to being nonexistent. The poem underlines a call to God because I wanted to address a highly viewed figure in my community and, at least the way I grew up, God would be the first thing or “solution” I’ve been told would listen. Additionally, the means of production was included in the poem because in a city where its’ citizens have to work nonstop in order to survive it becomes unfair when our “leader” gets to enjoy the benefits of financial success. While our leader enjoys these luxuries there are communities such as my own that have a hard time breaking this cycle of manipulation because it’s unfortunately all we see. Overall, the poem was intended to address that issue and the beginning of the poem was also meant to captivate the audience’s attention. It’s not a literal death occurring but rather a figurative death due to our placement in society. The placement of a community that has difficulties breaking away from our leaders’ policies because it’s what we have grown familiar with.
God! When will thee resurrect?
This world is pure chaos; one too many slaughters
A contemporary world full of red waters
So many sins that I can’t correct
Without the possibility of some misdirect.
You may be weary but we are not corrupt
We promise to not be abrupt
What we need now is guidance and equal trust
Because it has gotten too far
One too many scars
So many lives that can be pure
But instead they turn into manure
In a world where our leaders are obscure
About policies that result in destruction
We need to seize the means of production
Before God decides he no longer wants to provide
Any sign of stride in order to survive