Poems of the Week

The Spreadsheet Horror

by Dan Campion

“The Shrinking of the Middle-Class Neighborhood:
Americans are increasingly living in areas that are either much richer
or much poorer than the regional norm.”
The New York Times

It hatched from fixed-rate spreadsheets, Doc,
But shape-shifts neighborhoods,
The Blob that’s oozing, block by block,
And smears out worldly goods

So some get tons and others none,
And those once in between
Grow fewer—Doc, before it’s done
We’ll see a dreadful scene!

How can we fight back? Light? Heat? Ice?
New magic from your lab?
Says Doc, Don’t ask for my advice,
My house is pressed prefab.