Our houses are decaying plants wait to take control no they don’t wait they ceaseless
send their rootlings along the soil’s pathways wheedling their limbs unwind across
blank space filling up with light blocking the light
Meanwhile in the East snow presses its heavy breast against the eaves of a ranch house
the gutters tear away sheets of packed ice lance to the ground watch out!
Our neighborhoods erode woodpeckers drill utility poles
kerkerkerkerkerkerkerkerker how do they move their heads
so fast we wonder but they do holes accumulate
a lacework someday they’ll topple and then
kablammo no more power
Oak roots down below thrust up concrete sidewalks bust up Maintenance! Maintenance!
someone call the city the sidewalk’s all ajumble
And the freeways oh the freeways are a mess
just look at all the new holes every time it rains
the veritable earth dropping out pulling away the asphalt withdrawing
Never mind never mind we’ll shelter in our houses until we can no more