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Author Name: FreeRoger Bacon 5 Comments
Date Added: August 30, 2010 17:08:09 Average Score: (Needs 2)
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I am Unique
Things are orderly here
in the neighborhood-
every rock, every plant
and even the way cars are parked.
Garbage is wheeled to the curb
in black dumpsters on Tuesday
and recycled paper, bottles and plastic
are wheeled to the curb in bright,
purple dumpsters on Friday.
The city reads the water meter
the third Thursday of the month
and precisely six days later
a bill arrives in a green envelope,
remittance required in fourteen days.
Exactly 8:30 pm nightly,
the city streetlight turns on
and stays on for ten hours,
when without fanfare, it turns off.
A few houses down there is a
cell phone tower disguised as a palm tree
and nearby, a fake boulder hides the neighborhood
telephone, internet and HD television utility box.
Stone beige is the preferred color
here in the neighborhood,
where we work for a car
and a thirty-year mortgage.
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Comment By: FreeM J W Hayes on February 18, 2011 04:45:02 PM Report

This seemed to be rather 'Stepford Wives' giving the title a comic irony.

I'd like to see some of the 'street furniture' where I live to be as pleasantly disguised as in your neighbourhood.


Comment By: FreeBarbara Demasson on September 1, 2010 12:04:43 AM Report
This poem is well written and has a unique flavor of its own. I am wondering if the routine emphasized throughout the poem and especially the three closing lines are intentionally laced with sarcasm. To me it seems as if the life and happenings, even the motivation and rewards of the "neighborhood" are similarities rather than unique differences. Great poem Roger! Bravo!

~Barbara D.~

Comment By: PremiumMary Lou Allen on August 31, 2010 12:35:41 PM Report
My goodness. Quite a lot of words from one of my very favorite writers. Having lived a while in both worlds, I say that compared to the one where dressing has become optional, where disrespect is considered cool, and where tattoos are status symbols, the one that maintains order is unique. What a lovely neighborhood you live in. As always, well done, Roger. ML

Comment By: FreeThe Bag Lady on August 31, 2010 11:31:18 AM Report
You are unique, Roger....There is always a perfect visual and emotional  read when one taps upon your postings...You transport us to a place within your "mind's eye", .....let us feel the surroundings,....and go away from your write really "being somewhere"~!!  Your writes are likened to gifts for us to eavesdrop upon....   :)))

Huggles, Margaret, a friend in words....

Comment By: FreeCindy Bendel on August 30, 2010 09:24:39 PM Report

One of the most wonderful things about your poetry is the way you can take the mundane and have us look at it; as if it is something  special. The way you set a mood and fill it with magic always leaves me amazed; I just sit there and let it sink in and wait for it to move me beyond the usual... and it always does Roger. 
I guess that does make you unique. = ) Excellent. 


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