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280 Dog Years


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Monday, April 26, 2010

My Neighbor to the West

I live next door to Death.

No kidding.

Death with a capital D.

The hood, the scythe – everything –

but only when he’s at work.

9-5, Monday through Friday.

Some holidays

and the occasional overtime.

Goes to the beach in the summer.


When he’s not a work,

he’s just a regular guy,

drinking a beer in the driveway

while he washes his wife’s minivan.

Not really worried if the kids play in the street.


Really, I can’t complain.

He’s quiet.

He keeps his lawn mowed.

And there’s no dead cars cluttering the driveway –

anywhere on the street,

as far as that goes.



I can’t help but get a little nervous

when he comes over and borrows a cup of sugar.

I don’t suppose there’s any point in pretending

that I’ve gone out for the day.

4:43 pm pdt 

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