Neighbor-less Neighborhoods

Sitting in my writers’ garret
Which is also my bedroom
I contemplate neighbor-less neighborhoods

There is a door next door
It opens it closes
Barely a wave is required
To acknowledge the existence of others

Driven by economic needs or desires
People come and go
There are no sidewalks
They only invite interaction

There are driveways
For drive aways
No need to stay
No need to say hello–goodbye

All around
Perhaps driven by fear
Communities no longer offer
Common unities

Weber’s iron cages
Enclose us all

These thoughts flow freely
For one
Who sits in his room
Contemplating neighbor-less neighborhoods

Paul Cech has been writing poetry since 1970. Several of his poems have been published as Saturday Poems in the Pittsburgh- Post Gazette and the Thomas Merton Center of Pittsburgh has published several of his poems in NewPeople. Read other articles by Paul.