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Poetry Corner: In Flint

The water flows freely, but what can be seen?
Only tinges of brown, and yellow and green.
“No reason to worry, keep drinking,” they said.
Now our children are destined to die from the lead.
A city turned toxic as metals leach through,
but what could be done? Really, what could we do?
Sweet life giving liquid, now poison instead.
While we yearn for hydration, we aren’t thirsty for lead.
The right is as basic as a human might think—
clean water to bathe in, clean water to drink.
Clean water to cook with, and wash off our hands.
Is the government listening? Do they hear our demands?
Jug after jug we bring filled to the brim,
with water so murky a fish could not swim.
Water so deadly our brains feel the ache,
as we beg for the action officials don’t take.
So we wait and we ponder, and wonder and moan.
Are they really this blind, or their hearts made of stone?
Now the question weighs heavy on all of our minds.
Was cutting the costs — worth risking our lives? In Flint.

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SHAVONNE ALLEN IS A WIFE, MOM, DANCER AND DREAMER BASED IN SOUTHERN CA. GUIDED BY THE MANTRA “ITʼS NEVER TOO LATE,” SHE IS CURRENTLY WORKING TOWARD HER BACHELORS DEGREE IN COMMUNICATION STUDIES AFTER TAKING MANY YEARS OFF OF SCHOOL TO RAISE HER CHILDREN AND TAKE CARE OF HER FAMILY. WHEN NOT STUDYING OR ENJOYING TIME WITH HER HUSBAND AND TWO SONS, YOU CAN FIND HER AT HER LOCAL GYM TEACHING DANCE FITNESS CLASSES. CONNECTING WITH AND POURING INTO OTHERS THROUGH DANCE IS SOMETHING SHE ABSOLUTELY LOVES, AND HAS BEEN HER OUTLET AND PASSION FOR THE LAST SIX YEARS. SHAVONNE ENJOYS CREATIVE WRITING AND HOPES TO COMPLETE HER EDUCATIONAL GOAL IN ORDER TO BE THE ULTIMATE EXAMPLE THAT THROUGH HARD WORK AND DEDICATION, ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE.

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