The Neighbors Moved Out


The Neighbors Moved Out

Over the summer our neighbors moved out

Leaving an empty hole in the neighborhood


We watched in awe as they built this house

Admired their beauty and finesse


Watched as they raised their young ones there

Thinking they were neighbors beyond compare


But during the summer when they weren’t around

Some squatters moved in and settled down.

Only later did I notice something had changed

The perfectly round hole was not the same

They tore out the side of the entrance wall

Leaving a gaping hole through which to crawl


Those pesky squirrels with their sharp teeth

Gnawed a giant hole both wide and deep


They move right in without consent

Left the Red Bellied pair out on the fence


Photos: Dwight L. Roth



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