What is the distinct difference?
Passing by suburban street signs.
They have simple messages to follow,
which is quite nice when I think about it.
As opposed to my concrete jungle:
tow zone; no parking zone; drug free school zone...
yes zone, my city is zoned.
It’s a grid that has an agenda,
to separate by market value.
Homes side by side to show self-worth,
not unlike the suburban structures.
Pre-packaged balsa wood ready for new families,
as dad puts in the new mailbox,
with dollar sign next to the address.
Impeccable lawns; fresh paint; no furniture
yes empty, the houses are meaningless.
It’s a show for other homeowners.
Reality happens behind closed doors,
in cities and suburbs.
I’m just following the street signs,
maybe I can find one that is for the public,
symbols or words.
It doesn’t matter, just as long as it isn’t a facade,
or an endless journey; a mirage.
if you figure it out, i'd like to know, too.
My understanding is that a 'slam' is just a poetry recital, but competitive. I entered one this year, heading off to a state final on October 16th.
The difference primarily involves, in my understanding, the presence of an upright bass.
When I think of slam poetry I just think of this...