a neighbour retires

by dm gillis

it’s an alright day
a little windy
he said this as we watched
pieces of him fly away

he said it should rain and
we watched him erode

I worked on the trains and
there were these kids
they got on at Expo
that was ’67 they
rode clear cross country
they were alright
a little rambunctious

he said they say
it’ll be dark tonight
a little cool
and when he said this
we watched him turn to stone