New Neighbors
October 22, 1989

Every day they brought the cement mixer
to the lot next door
They covered the nature preserve with a concrete blanket
And every day the paint truck came to paint on dry cement
They used rollers to make lines of yellow
And every day they brought flat beds with shiny new meters to stick in
And then they came no more

So now every day instead of a
mother robin feeding her young
with a red worm
I look out my window
to see Mr. Johnson feed the meter
with a quarter