Tents & Temples (shelter)
The social structures we create,
clear boundaries delineate.
The rich from poor will insulate
in regions of prime real estate.
We’re safe behind a stately gate.
Steel bars the craftsmen lanceolate.
With rich motifs they foliate:
in copper they electroplate.
Stone columns on a stylobate
accent façades we crenellate.
High towers we can fenestrate
and ramparts we machicolate.
Our in-ground pools we chlorinate.
Twee gardens caretakers curate.
Our worries just evaporate
as guests, in awe, felicitate.
Our riches help us levitate,
to heights where we luxuriate
in rooms of marble and glazed slate
that chandeliers irradiate.
The unwelcome can’t infiltrate
these lavish chateaus Latinate
where decorators floriate
and fresh brewed coffees percolate.
These palaces instantiate
the wealth that we accumulate.
A life of lords we simulate.
No way will we die intestate.
Our money we can fecundate:
to own the best, ours to dictate.
This role we will not abdicate.
Our comforts we’ll not abnegate.
On holidays we aviate
to beaches where we estivate.
Lounge in the sun with our comate.
Relax so we don’t herniate.
But those who can’t participate
towards middle class will gravitate.
To drab suburbs we’ll relocate:
We dutifully domesticate
and fence disputes we arbitrate;
to mortgages capitulate
and on consumer goods fixate.
Devotedly we renovate.
In heated spas we macerate
and hope we’ll never liquidate.
In slums, the poorer populate;
exposed to rents that strangulate.
Cold flats where heat don’t radiate
and bleak nights make breath condensate.
We ask landlords to fumigate:
the vermin to exterminate.
In pantries roaches nauseate
and filthy rats intimidate.
From noise the walls reverberate.
The neighbours’ fights reiterate.
The airless hallways suffocate.
Five door locks we must situate.
Still worse, we that itinerate;
our shelters we’ve had to vacate.
Soup kitchens graciously donate
the hot meals we ingurgitate.
Most druggies cannot motivate
enough to rehabilitate.
Drunks find it hard to moderate
a fondness to inebriate.
And on the streets gangs demarcate,
select turfs and consolidate.
New members we initiate.
Trespassers we assassinate.