Merced in 2019

An isolated patch of land surrounded by manmade lakes
new bones and flesh made of glass sprout on the fields as the earth quakes
morphing into school for students of the twenty first century
fledgling and new, it hardly plants itself in California’s memory
Unlike the locals who rioted
whose cries for pause were quieted
as more and more students poured in droves
and businesses that had existed before were long since closed

But all of this growth came at a cost
and the city’s newfound tenants do not know what the locals had lost
an air force base
when disbanded left families stranded
a golf course
a stand against classist recreation

it grows and grows
(somewhere in the distance plays a cheesy song about a seed)
as new feet trample and ride their cars through its meadows

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