Return to A lot of houses don't even have anyone to board them up. (poetry)

It is a town of [The American dream|haves and havenots.]
many blocks semi-abandoned,
well maintained lawns wrapping around houses without people.

The local strip malls
created to take the place of [Middle America|downtown],
include bright neon signs next to
cardboard [bankruptcy|For Lease] notices.

Businesses, friends and neighbors leave town without a word,
leaving behind
rows of vacant windows, some broken.
Their departures apparently too sudden to include plywood.