The news reports and magazines all differ from the past
With the language, words and format rearranged.
The feelings and the failings of the people seem to last
It is only sights and sounds that since have changed.
The buildings are now taller, the walls are glass not stone
and the vehicles make more noise than horse-drawn carts.
There are super-market chains instead of shops that stood alone,
and sold everything from toys to apple tarts.
Mr Paterson described the urchin children of the city
Mr Lawson wrote with pity for the people in the street.
We now have money in the kitty to do more than show some pity
it must return their dignity and provide enough to eat.
People still live on the streets and sleep in doorways of the shops,
or in great big cardboard boxes, they call home.
The run-a-ways and tear-a-ways, now as street smart as the cops,
are left with no alternative, but to roam.
Although there are still problems and people still to reach
whether outback town or suburb within the city’s clime
People from all countries help fill all our cities streets
The progress has continued, since Mr Lawson wrote his rhyme
A bit of verse showing that all is not gloom and doom that our diversity is our strength.