‘developing countries’ develop into the countries ‘developing’ them


look mournfully
at streets that
are now pavement instead
of pounded earth

grumble at how the moto
has overtaken the cyclo

groan at plastic litter,
fancy phones, and skyscrapers

desperately seek out
flushing toilets and a/c
get ecstatic
about wi-fi everywhere

you. can’t. have. everything.