Poemdog

Dogs 2019

SQUATTERS FLIGHTS
(4/9/19)


they were
encamped
on the woody
periphery
of a public
water retention
area

two
of them

one
in a modern
fabric tent

the other
20 yards
away

in sort
of a lean-to
fashioned
from scavenged
materials
apparently

it seemed
a miserable
existence

on the
surface

but they
always
seemed to be
relaxed

smoking

on their
cell phones

cell phones
that even
from a distance
looked
much better
than mine

I'm sure
that they were
not supposed
to be living
on community
property

but they
never
bothered me
as I walked
around
the track
atop
the raised
dike

they were
quite
the novelty
there

then
one day
they were
gone

without
a trace

arrested?

migrated?

seems
that
there should be
a scrap
or two
left behind

the scene
was too clean
to hint at
any
prior occupation

the emptiness
is rather sad

as if
they had
never
existed

of course
I have no
corroborating
witnesses
that I know

perhaps
they were
simply
my exhausted
end of the day
visions

for three
weeks
straight

I'll miss
them

never
a camper

never
a smoker

I do
however
wish
that I had
one of their
slick
phones