Buffalo and Glasgow – a poem

When I was in Buffalo NY last year I could not fail to see the similarity between the two great cities. Old industries dying and leaving the second cities dying and crumbling. This poem flowed out as easy as pie. Hope you all like it too.

                 Two cities

The two could be twinned, history so familiar

Niagara River, and Erie Canal made this city

As grain silos rose up in the sky, men worked hard

To get the grain ashore, milled and built steel.

The city of light, the Niagara Falls harnessed

To serve mankind, in all its glory and awe

The people of all colours sweated their labours

To make this proud city, aglow, resplendent.

Today, bleak in recession hit-West

Buffalo tries harder, the University is

A blessing, the young indebted for a future

Wait for the day, for the sun to rise again.

Glasgow, a proud second city, industries of coal

Steel and ships, the Queen’s ships built on River Clyde

Men and women of steel who gave of their lives

Working hard, skills of a lifetime cherished.

But the recession-hit world looks askance

As the unemployed youth grows and despairs that

The shipyards no longer strikes iron, jobs dwindle

The two cities twinned in hope, for a brighter tomorrow.


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