PROJECT REBUILD


PREVIOUS TENANTS

city special

 


broken baluster canted east


and stuck, point up amongst the sheetrock


and glass, the glitter in the grass,


the failed foundation, the concrete


chunked up and useless – in this


a field mouse builds a house


of dry grass and fabric remnants, string,


strips of brown cassette tape in the rain


that sparkles with the passing light of car


headlights and gas-powered streetlamps -


it’s this we overlook: the special


in the dirt, the mouse and the magpie’s version,


the crow wheeling overhead


on the lookout for carrion and chips


 

Jill Wigmore

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