Bedazzled by intensely tinted deck,
Resplendent splash that hides too well the stains
Of decades overrun with sad neglect,
Knocking, cracking, warning ever plain.
E‘en deadly risk ignored by blinded eyes,
Neath false facade the treachery of lies.
At first glance, this gaily colored house-front and balcony appeared to be a lovely example of Puerto Rican street scene ambiance. The white trim adorning the balcony is in striking contrast to the intensity of the building’s exterior color; giving one the impression of warmth and well-maintained abode. Upon closer examination, initial impression is tainted by the obvious signs of structural erosion. Subconsciously, one may shrink from reality, choosing instead to see only the pretty colors of a gay facade.