by Gary Sackett


Driveways tight and narrow, angles inclined
fences, wrought iron, brick and block
concrete and blacktop covers the lot
doors secured, nicely decorated with security signs
ancient trees and shrubs politely scooped away
those that remain guard the perimeter
as the lion sphinx’s crumble
human growth upwards with 2 x 4’s and stucco
expansion needed but can’t fill the gap
admire, look but don’t touch or peer too long
neighbors smile and walk the other way
do I know their name