News from the Neighborhood

an urban coyote
as indifferent as Diogenes
lopes the sidewalks
of my neighborhood–
I saw him this morning
but he did not wait
for a picture

nor did the raccoon
and her cub I met
while walking the dog
though the fearless cub did
bluff charge our dog

the mental patients
who live in the shelter by the church
circled the block last night
smoking like sullen furnaces

and the black birds who stipple the rooftops
made quick work of a road kill squirrel
in the street in front of our house

these things
written indelibly on the wind
and now here
and now there
where you are

2 responses to “News from the Neighborhood

  1. yes, definitely, where I am…


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