neighbors (20170414)

stiff tin people
[too fast to call it walking
one foot always
anchored to the earth
dragging it beneath them]

they look like skeletons
wrapped in butcher paper
their clothes rustle
[or is it their skin]
as they pass

both look down
so as not to make eye contact
glancing up
at my ‘good evening’
hooded vision like hawks
searching for movement
in the sidewalk cracks

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Day 14

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10 thoughts on “neighbors (20170414)

      1. For a moment there I read it as ‘stroking his goat’ – which made me laugh out loud. Goatee’s still good though.

      2. Is that a goat or a bull mastiff? Either way it looks uncomfortable. Probably because of my ‘stroking’ reputation.

      3. It came up when I typed goat so I’m hoping it’s the internationally accepted emoji for goat. But yeah, you’re getting the side eye, goat-stroker.

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