#FiveMinuteFriday: Neighbor (a poem)

community Friendships Latinx

//I’m not sure if the chain-link fence
is yours or mine
bent from heat stroke
the dandelion weeds whisper
through half pyramids of metal
cumbia fastens itself in the air
our gravel driveways partners

Back from a fishing trip
you show off your catfish
and willing to share
long tattooed arms reach over
the fence where it dips a little
Middle Eastern Jesus stares back
shimmery off brown skin
Mother Mary and a rosary keep faithful
the wrist that hands me honest fish

The plastic bag gets caught on the spike
because we haven’t replaced what separates us
on the left and the right it bends
only to keep your dogs friendly with mine
If you see someone taking my lawn mower
feel free to jump over
and tomorrow we’re having a cookout
can you bring the rice?//

It’s #FiveMinuteFriday. The word prompt is NEIGHBOR. Above is five minutes of free flow writing. I welcome your comments and thoughts.

The forward slashes (//) indicate where the timer started and ended. Your turn!

Neighbor button credit: Kate Motaung

Cover photo credit: Photo by Nina Strehl on Unsplash