Americans give selves low human rights marks

Virginia Sellner (
Thu, 11 Dec 1997 16:27:47 -0800


Not in my backyard they screamed,
when they heard a half way house 
was coming to their neighborhood.

Not in my backyard they shouted,
when they heard self advocates 
wanted a meeting place across the alley.

Not in my backyard they yelled,
when they heard a group home 
for the elderly was moving into town.

Not in my backyard, not in my backyard.
Do they really know who is living in their backyard?
Can they say for sure who is in the neigborhood?

Traffic is the excuse sometimes used,
yet one neighbor has six cars, 
and another has company day and night.

Don't they realize, "those people"
already live in their block,
they are the neighbors.
Virginia D. Sellner
Wyoming Coalition for the Homeless
P. O. Box 1232
Cheyenne, WY 82003-1232
(307) 637-8634