Richard Jarboe

Everybody Is Getting Out Of Town - Poem by Richard Jarboe

Population, getting out of town,
Population, got their running shoes,
Population, wondering which road to choose,
Everybody's getting out of town.

They all want to leave; they would if they could,
But right now the road's no good,
If you're not crying, you might as well laugh,
While you're trying to get out of town.

Power plant, glowing in the dark,
Nobody sure, what set the spark,
They say the island is sinking fast,
Everybody's getting out of town.

Population, looking for a sign,
Whose fault is it, living on the fault line?
Better do better if there IS a next time,
But for now, just get out of town.

Population, looking for something to eat,
Population, looking for what WAS the street,
If you leaving, all you got is your feet,
Good luck getting out of town.

Comments about Everybody Is Getting Out Of Town by Richard Jarboe

  • Robert Murray Smith (9/11/2017 10:11:00 PM)

    Richard, after reading this poem I'm heading for the hills pronto. (Report) Reply

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  • Chinedu Dike (2/19/2017 11:37:00 AM)

    An insightful depiction of the state of unrest before and during a natural disaster is aptly captured in the poem. Awesome poem. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga (1/4/2015 10:46:00 PM)

    Congrats, third time in a row, this is the 'Poem of the Day'. The scene reflects the scurry during a catastrophe. Very realistic description. Thanks.. (Report) Reply

  • Kim Barney (1/4/2015 10:55:00 AM)

    Well written, and congratulations on having it selected as poem of the day on January 4 for two years in a row! (Report) Reply

  • (1/17/2014 4:16:00 AM)

    Hi Richard, Everybody is Getting Out of Town is a nice poem. You are right that people started moving out of the town in South Tamil Nadu, especially Nagappattinam, Karaikal and adjacent coastal cities when Psunami occurred during 26th December,2004 in India. (Report) Reply

  • (1/4/2014 3:17:00 PM)

    This is quite thought provoking and timely. Well said Jarboe. (Report) Reply

  • (1/4/2014 1:48:00 PM)

    my husband dan passed this along to me... loving the underlying message here... cant wait to navigate through the rest of your poetry (Report) Reply

  • (1/4/2014 1:37:00 PM)

    You have gained a new fan in me..great content thanks for sharing your a master of the craft (Report) Reply

  • Gajanan Mishra (1/4/2014 7:44:00 AM)

    good luck getting out of town, god one, thanks. (Report) Reply

  • (1/4/2014 7:36:00 AM)

    Oh wow. A serious situation put into rhymes. Lots of truth. (Report) Reply

  • (1/4/2014 6:36:00 AM)

    Like this too, the way you leave out the article for population. (Report) Reply

  • Krishnakumar Chandrasekar Nair (1/4/2014 3:26:00 AM)

    Population popping every day
    The planet bursting all around
    Population the cause of our dismay
    And no real solution can yet be found

    Good poem Sir and I invite you to my page
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  • (1/4/2013 10:48:00 AM)

    Well put together, maybe it's best to live away from the cities! (Report) Reply

  • (1/4/2013 4:57:00 AM)

    Wonderful poem on our fear of future..I hope that this kind of situation will never occur! an interesting piece of work! well done! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, March 12, 2011

Poem Edited: Monday, July 1, 2013

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