It’s funny how the most unneighborly feelings come from neighbors.
they have to.
What a paradox;
I feel high
just thinking about that.
Some kind of Zen bullshit for sure.
They don’t want us here;
our weird yard
with our wild banana stand and
winter-naked figs and peach trees.
Sticks and twigs and poor people food.
A mess is what they see, I guess.
I’m out weeding just now
(oh yes, I weed)
and I see some neighbors walking,
behind dark sunglasses.
They walk past and,
to be neighborly,
I smile and nod and they, all at once,
see me and then look away,
pretending not to have seen me.
I must have that wrong.
That makes me feel insane.
You can hire a lawn-cocktail truck
to come every week and
eradicate all the life in the soil and,
in short order the lake,
put cute, little plastic signs along the sidewalk,
telling me to keep kids and pets off the lawn until dry or
they’ll be poisoned, too, naturally,
like that’s normal and ok,
but my bananas and dormant peach trees personally offend you to the point where you refuse even to acknowledge my existence. I want to tear around banging on doors and scream at the top of my lungs demanding to know where everyone thinks all the masses of frogs and toads might have gone and reminding people that squirrels and birds can’t read and that this is fucking Florida! FLORIDA for God-sake! Florida should be humming, a-swath
in a shimmering, gossamer veil of insects
and bats or birds and,
with lizards or geckos
and frogs and toads trailing
along the leaf litter and sidewalks.
The nights are growing quieter and quieter
as The Nothing keeps consuming,
so happy these days,
sipping a bevvy on the deck
watching the technicolor sunset
behind the peaceful, peaceful lake.
It’s getting to be so still,
so perfect around here.
out of place.
What strange times are these
we have made,
but I don’t wanna seem unneighborly.
House for sale,