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from "63" by mike skliar

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the corner bodega, is no longer here
for 30 years they had sold milk, ice and beer
Flowers on mother’s day, valentine’s too
Its where I bought flowers for you

Everyone’s shopping online it seems
Retail’s dead, a too common theme
I used to stop in, get a ‘hi’ or a nod
The silence , well now it feels odd

The shelves are all empty, there’s nothing for sale
Debris of the city piles up, without fail
This vacant store will soon be an eyesore
The corner bodega’s no more

On the wall an old flyer from last year’s election
When the landlord raised the rent there was no protection
The landlord get a vacancy tax break for years
the corner store’s no longer here

Bodegas like this are going away
Faster and faster, what can you say?
All of those doorways, now all padlocked
Its happening on every block


from "63", released March 3, 2023


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