Vox Populi: A Public Sphere for Politics and Poetry
Downtown there’s this place
across from the Old Courthouse
just up from the river
a fashionable hotel
where the best folks disappear
into the evening
that’s where the slave pen was
the exact address isn’t important
nor is the bill of lading
here folks were sold where
real estate deals are made today
what America sells is a choice
who America sells is important
a family at a bargain rate
Copyright 2017 Johan Samuel Tieman
John Samuel Tieman is a poet, writer, and historian who lives in St. Louis, Missouri.
Drury Plaza Hotel St. Louis At The Arch
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