Ray Hansell

My Hometown

Jersey City is where I was born
I woke up to see many a dawns

It's not a bad city, it was a place to live
But there were many times it didn't forgive

The streets were tough, the winter's cold
It's a city you can embrace, but one you can never hold

The streets will own and rule you
There's not too much one can do

After some years you'll be ready to leave
It will no longer have the things you need

That's when you know the time has come
Because you and the city are no longer one

Now people grow up there and decide to stay
But so many many more just go a different way


6-18-10/RJH

Topic(s) of this poem: home, life

Poem Submitted: Friday, June 18, 2010
Poem Edited: Monday, February 17, 2020

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  • Nilushi (3/7/2020 10:42:00 PM)

    Howmany stanzas in this poem

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  • Ray Hansell (2/25/2020 2:01:00 PM)

    Yes the poet was happy about Jersey City. I lived there 21 years and got real tired of it and moved. But there are things that I still miss about it. That's that.

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  • Suranga (2/22/2020 11:26:00 PM)

    Meaning of the poem?

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  • jayathilaka (2/16/2020 4:23:00 AM)

    Add a comment.how many Stanzas

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  • Bandula (8/8/2019 2:56:00 AM)

    How many stanzas are there in this poem

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  • Ganga Dissanayake (3/11/2019 11:04:00 AM)

    Explination of the poem

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    Add a comment.explain about the poem

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  • Sanjeewa (2/14/2019 7:31:00 PM)

    Please give a full analysis about the poem.

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    More about this poem

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  • diyan (3/1/2018 8:53:00 AM)

    Is the poet happy about Jersey City?

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