Drawing Lines

Written by: Mari Roberts

Sometimes people live too close to one another
with the scent of lives overlapping lines
psyches stepping on toes and
problems bleeding in through doors & windows.

Neighbors crying, remonstrating, manipulating, and copulating 
demonstrating the need for soundproofing or renovating
as we wave the next day our smiles ingratiating
because its at their expense our needs we’ve been satiating

and the building goes on.

Some stress “urban sprawl” others cry “urban blight.”
Yet developers rub hands with piggish delight
Smart animals follow the birds, which take flight
and poor confused deer become targets at night.

Yet the building goes on.

Big boxes, small boxes, strip malls and stores, 
McDonalds, and Wendy’s, and Bed Bath and More
Family Dollars and State Liquor Stores
Pawn Shops and Nail Shops and

and . . .

when trees are memories
fish bellies rise like steam from warm waters 
and desertification has become "the new black."
Perhaps then we will draw a line in the sand.