by Hal C Clark
there was a time at age five
you could run away
and not cause your parents concern
the neighborhood had eyes
there was a time
when you could explore forests of vacant lots
hunt for treasure there
do secret things
the neighborhood had ears
now is a time
of trusting no one
the neighborhood blind-deaf-mute
Copyright © 2021 by Red River Review. First Rights Reserved. All other rights revert to the authors.
No work may be reproduced or republished without the express written consent of the author.