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São Paulo- Life Stopped, Stopped Life

30 Jul

São Paulo- Stopped Life, Life Stopped

 

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Daily, people sit crawling towards destinations- stopped life

Daily, people get hit floating towards dysfunctions- life stopped

Sensical absurdities, beautiful ugliness

Sad happiness, rich poverty

My São Paulo is an island surrounded by an electric fence

Invisible danger all around that exists in the hearts of men

On the same street a child goes hungry, another eats despite satiation

Here a man is not measured by the content of their character

but by the name stamped upon his garments

Slavery still exists here; it just took on different forms;

like traffic, taxes, low wages and a civil war that has become the norm

People throw rocks, police shoot bullets, nothing comes to change

Love it or leave it, because to São Paulo none of this is strange