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Summer in Suburbia

Charli Mills gave us the prompt of CACOPHONY this week. Dear me, I had to write about my neighbors. I live in a modest ranch house, with my sleeping/living quarters at the back of the house. I built this addition when thoughtful people lived next door. Alas, a couple with two small children, the woman’s mother, and father all moved in only two years later. Now the men are all gone, but there is a sister of the woman with the two children living there and all three of the women have male partners who LOVE to come over to party whether it is a weekday or a weekend day.

Join in the FLASH FICTION FUN at The Carrot Ranch

The thumping bass of the stereo starts around nine in the morning and blares all day long. Cue the beer-drinking corn hole players who curse if they win and curse if they lose. Then there are the children who bounce from the trampoline into the pool while shrieking like bloody murder at the top of their lungs. Add to this, the poor dog who barks from one end of the yard to the other to remind them that he needs to eat. And when it starts at nine in the evening, it goes on until 4 in the morning.

©2021 Annette Rochelle Aben

A Little Off the Top

This afternoon, she called

Shared a situation

Demands reparation

Her car damaged

Because she chose to park

Underneath the tree branch

Not in front of the ranch

Someone must pay

It’s in the neighbor’s yard

Hanging over the fence

Causing emotions, tense

Friends now at odds

There’s no reason to fight

Of course, no one’s to blame

Foliage hangs in shame

Grab the clippers

©2021 Annette Rochelle Aben

grill master

Smoke wafts through the yard

Neighbors hang over the fence

The recipe worked

©2017 Annette Rochelle Aben

my sister, the yard artist

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Momma, look! A snake!

Ew, there’s a bat in that tree!

That neighbor’s a witch!

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She has rats and skulls

Ghosts are swinging in the breeze

Let’s go home NOW, please!!!

©2015 Annette Rochelle Aben

good in the hood


Shop for a new home when the skies are sunny, when the new neighbors are out and the local dogs are being funny. Take the kids for a walk down the road to look for red squirrels, baby rabbits and wise tree toads. Close your eyes to hear the excitement swell as closer draws the sound of the ice cream truck bell. Stand in the drive for a minute or two and allow the house to speak to you. Now imagine you are planting flowers and cutting the grass. Gee, you have might have found a home at last!

©2015 Annette Aben