This is East London

This is east London, littered with history
Built up industries, prosperity and misery
Part of a city, charmed with ethnicity
Breath-taking skyscrapers, capture us vividly
The inspiration behind this written piece
But how many of its citizens are living free?
Hackneys up and coming, now it’s trendy
Home to some of those we consider wealthy
But poverty exists here, for people who live here
For all the talk of legacy, not much was fixed here
A generation broken, homeless, young and hopeless
No hope is the only hope most of us soak in
We worry about global threats, with local trends
That most of us still neglect to openly address
Schools whip into shape for Ofsted reports
But what goes unseen Ofsted doesn’t report
A lack of rapport leads to attacks on the poor
The forgotten class, a community lost in folklore
This is east London, littered with history
A vision of prosperity but I still see misery

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