Cake and Le­mon­ade for Neigh­bors

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Where I want to live

neigh­bors gather

on front porches, watch

their chil­dren play

across mul­ti­ple front yards,


in Span­ish, Ara­bic, Burmese,

English, talk

about back-in-the-day, share

sweet and sa­vory snacks, lend

each other a cup of sugar or

flour, bor­row

hedge trim­mers, a shovel, or

rake, help

with chores when need be,


when need be, of­fer

a word of ad­vice (not more),


strum gui­tars, and pluck ban­jos, make

a lit­tle noise some­times, some­times bring

out a kitchen chair so ev­ery­one


a com­fort­able place to sit

on the un­screened

wide or nar­row porch

or on the stoop. Some­times

just en­joy all

black brown white

golden quiet to­gether

— Mar­garet Rozga, from “Where I Want to Live: Po­ems for Fair and Af­ford­able Hous­ing” (Lit­tle Bird Press, 2018)

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