Home and Garden
Island life is hard on a house sitting beside a shed named Mouse House.
How like a horse is a house,
tender I wonder.
Where is the boundary between wild and wonderful?
will swallow the water hose whole.
cobwebs are the burglar alarm for daddy long legs.
Pests to us,
predators are mice, termites, silverfish, freezing temperatures, dampness.
Helpless house defenseless.
Protectors are cats, heat, dehumidifiers, humans;
Heat is for keeping the pipes from freezing.
“Houses are healthiest if inhabited by humans; it is a mutualist relationship,” say biologists.
Humans are happiest in houses.
The house has an illegal rose trellis.
Roses growing over and under graying shingles
strangling spring daffodils.
This is a single plant garden
even the grass stays a way.
At the end of the island,
the world, only the front wall will be standing by the roses, oh, old lovers.