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REAL ESTATE: "My house is shaking" - a spoken word piece

Posted on February 21, 2012 at 11:20 AM

by Elwin Green

My first spoken word piece. Because I don't yet know what I am doing, the audio is so messy that I recommend reading along. If you have the equipment/expertise to help make it better, holla!



My house is shaking.

 

My house is shaking with vibrations coming from across the street.

 

My house is shaking with vibrations coming from across the street, where workmen are tearing down a house.

 

My house is shaking with vibrations coming from across the street, where workmen are tearing down a house where a contractor used to live.

 

My house is shaking with vibrations coming from across the street, where workmen are tearing down a house where a contractor used to live who put on a new roof.

 

My house is shaking with vibrations coming from across the street, where workmen are tearing down a house where a contractor used to live who put on a new roof and installed an elevator.

 

My house is shaking with vibrations coming from across the street, where workmen are tearing down a house where a contractor used to live who put on a new roof and installed an elevator, and how was the decision made to tear down this house?

 

How was the decision made to tear down a house with a new roof and an elevator when the people who made the decision could have made the decision to sell that house to someone who would appreciate a house with a new roof and an elevator, and who would repair that house and live in that house?

 

How was the decision made to tear down a house with a new roof and an elevator when the people who made the decision could have made the decision to sell that house to someone who would appreciate a house with a new roof and an elevator, and who would repair that house and live in that house and pay taxes on that house?

 

How was the decision made to tear down a house, when someone could live in that house and pay taxes on that house, taxes that could be used to improve the community?

 

Who made the decision to tear down that house, and why did they not communicate with the community to offer the opportunity for someone to buy the house with the new roof and the elevator, to live in that house and pay taxes on that house, taxes that could be used to improve the community?

 

Someone in government made the decision to tear down that house, and how could they make that decision without consultation with neighbors who will be affected?

 

With every brick that is disconnected from another brick of that house, my home is made to be worth less, my net worth is diminished.

 

My home is not an island, it connects to the block and to the street, and when a single plot of earth loses its value, my net worth it dies a little.

 

So who made this decision to diminish my net worth? A mystery to be pursued, but only after this query: whoever made the decision, who let them make the decision?

 

Government, you see, is responsible to me and to my neighbors and I am responsible to my neighbors and to myself and to my God who gave birth to this neighborhood by creating the earth on which it was built and creating the men who built on this earth and who gave the contractor who lived in the house the brains to put on a new roof and to put in a new elevator.

 

I am responsible to recognize the value of the devalued, the potential of the problematic, to unveil the value potential and to call it forth, to make it known to all who will see, to all who will hear, I am responsible to see and to say, "Stop the destruction, the time has come to restore and to build."

 

And yet, every day, when I saw the house with the new roof and the elevator...

and yet, every day, when I saw the value and the potential...

I made the decision not to buy the house.

 

And when I made the decision not to buy the house, so that I could repair the house and live in the house and pay taxes on the house that could be used to improve the community, I also made the decision to let someone else make the decision to tear down the house, and now no one can ever make the decision to live in the house and pay taxes on the house that could be used to improve the community. Now anyone can only decide what to do with a vacant lot that may be so toxic that humans will be forbidden to walk across it.

 

My house is shaking with vibrations coming from across the street. My body is shaking with vibrations coming from my soul, stuck at the intersection of Fearful Avenue and the Boulevard of Regret, needing a tow to the highway leading to the City of Bolder Decisions.

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