“The LA River” A Spoken Word Poem


[Water Sounds] I was floating down the LA River
in a boat that weighed a ton and I couldn’t help but notice
all the trash that lined the wet highway. Rusted shopping carts
and plastic bags clogged the pathways
and rising smog sat between me
and the LA skyline. There were people causing traffic
and accidents along the way, and traveling several feet ahead
took what seemed like a lifetime. We traveled with the current
and didn’t move very far and I swear that 20 miles
shouldn’t seem that long. Tent cities lined the river
and clothes hung off of bushes. A man smoking a cigarette
nodded in my direction as I drifted by and I couldn’t help but notice
the trash near his living space while I floated down the LA River
in a boat that weighed a ton. [Water Sounds]

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