Sidewalk tree-grates catch leaves in concentric
Someone enters the hospital familiar with
If autumn were a dream it would be snowing
Doors open onto corridors opening onto more
doors and corridors.
A gold charm from my grandmother's bracelet
arrives in the mail.
In broad daylight a thief climbs the fire
escape, pries the window gate loose.
Engraved in miniature are my first name and
date of birth.
Drawers awry, TV, VCR, leather jacket, & assorted
jewelry are missing.
At night the deaf dog wakes us from another
Our own cloistered lives surround us on this