In the Lower Banlieue

Urban pioneers came
to fix all the broken
moldy things.
Young strong hands
that knew better
than homeowners who
had lived
in their houses
for decades,
latest in a line
of ghosts
stretching back
to the original
Creoles.
The pioneers scraped
floors and walls
down to bare cypress
bones, naked oak
and magnolia bore witness
to their fervor,
transforming old
neighborhoods
into bastions of
the enlightened,
furnishing all the shiny-bright
newly painted ladies
with richer, hipper lovers.

With thanks to artist John Phandal Law and Paul Brookes of The Wombwell Rainbow for this prompt.

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