a white V-neck shirt
blue jeans, pork-pie hat
with a green lawnmower

circles a bloodless
aluminum-foil house
behind square and rounded shrubs

all butchered )( to say nothing

of two Hefty Bags
full o’ stinkin’ garbage

or a kid on a porch )( with a trumpet
sits on the steps )( horn in the air

big shiny house

three other kids mull around
one with a snare drum

more on bicycles )( flitting past


dog chained outside garage
summer and winter
never taken indoors
never petted, never
taken for a walk

(the cat’s always kept inside)

it’s all more complicated now

poem copyright 2016 by Jnana Hodson


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