Real Estate

Zoe Polach

The house up the hill has been condemned.

The guy who lived there—private school

Kid I guess since who was he, his dad away,

Was having a warren dug to protect himself.

One day it filled with smoke and he tried

The circuit breaker but the boy he was paying

In startup capital died anyway. In the neighborhood

I'd drive Judy back to through the dark

Deer infested woods an explosion

Woke her one night: place up the road

Blown so far apart it took chunks

Out of the neat next-door brick boxes

Hours before the auction. Judging

By the bones he killed his dog first.

There were no deer in Washington until the 60s

And now they have to shoot them.