Out of our minds on a pleasant Sunday afternoon

I like the guy across the street
I think he’s a vet but I can’t be sure
I’ve never met him
he has a nice little house
smoke coming out of the chimney in the winter
like the American dream
in the summer he mows the lawn incessantly
I think he has OCD
I try real hard not to get annoyed
by the obnoxious tractor going on and on
but his madness triggers mine
sometimes I feel like screaming “It’s already mowed!”
he looks at me like
I’m a nervous wreck
maybe he feels like screaming
“It’s just the noise of a tractor!”
we don’t scream, though
we just look at each other
out of our minds—
two mental neighbors
waving hi sometimes
just to make sure
the other hasn’t completely lost it

Daniel J. Flore III

Daniel J. Flore III is the author of 3 Amazon bestselling poetry books from GenZ Publishing. They are Lapping Water, Humbled Wise Men Christmas Haikus, and Home and other places I've yet to see.

Cover Image:sue hughes