Special Instructions

Instead of leaving 
post-it notes on
the mailbox, now
you can fill in
an online form saying
you'd like parcels
delivered to your back
door or left on the patio
instead of out in front
where porch pirates
can get to them before
you do. A neighbor
has nailed a sign
to the crepe myrtle:
Please scoop your dog
poop. Another sends
an email to the whole
Nextdoor list: Please
don't feed the raccoons.
When wind topples
the deck umbrellas
and flips the tops
of trash bins open,
even the crickets go
quiet; the stray cats,
crows and vultures
stay away.

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