Neighbors crying, remonstrating, manipulating, and copulating
demonstrating the need for soundproofing or renovating
yet we wave the next day our smiles ingratiating
because at their expense our needs we’ve been satiating
and the building goes on.
Some stress “urban sprawl” others cry “urban blight.”
Developers rub hands with piggish delight.
Smart animals follow the birds taking flight
while poor confused deer become targets at night.
Yet the building goes on.
Big boxes, small boxes, strip malls and stores,
McDonald’s, & Wendy’s, & Bed Bath and More,
Family Dollars, and State Liquor Stores
Pawn Shops and Nail Shops and . . .
when the trees are all gone and desertification is “the new black”
we will draw our lines in the sand.