These failed attempts at beauty -- generic answers
to questions of finance. Many families squeezed into
the one house formula so they can
make the mortgage.
As little land as possible will be allotted,
unless you're a slum landlord. What I can't afford
is to have it obvious that I am
of elsewhere. How can I make myself
look less abstracted? Do I own the house --
or does it own me?
Concrete for a front lawn, stucco passes for classy --
all that glitters stuck in the surface.
I check my reflection in the patio window and
it comes back empty. Wood sliced into beam
decimates the forest. Can't see the trees for the city.
Could you move over to make more room? A little further?