Studies have shown, the stress of living in certain neighborhoods,

can result in elevated blood pressure and higher risk for a stroke.

This could be you, without a good night’s sleep in months,

and twitching at every loud sound.

This could be you, if police and ambulance sirens

blare at all hours, and the house next door

is used for God knows what.

This could be you, having to travel miles to find a decent grocery or drug store,

while being afraid of an assault or a carjacking.

This could be you, if the alley behind your house is a drug mall

and youngsters are shot at the nearby school.

If every day, this is your life,

this could be you.

Gary Mark Belenke, Oak Park Writers Group

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