gone (top floor boyz 2)

where’d they go,
those top floor boyz,
who used to watch me in the garden?
the smiles ‘n shouts they sent through lockdown
helped a scared heart not to harden

so sad,
I never learned their names
they’d laugh when I would ask
yet they were present every day
overseeing each green task

what happened to
those top floor boyz?
who so cheekily would flirt
while I pulled weeds in the garden
or dug holes in the dirt

where’ve they gone?
are they hiding?
have they gone on holiday?
their crowded windowsills are now empty –
sure hope they haven’t moved away

young boyz,
they were social
mates in every Friday night
smoke clouds waftin’ from their window
as I sipped wine by sunset’s light

guess my top floor boyz
are gone now
‘n though I wish them well
I miss those smiles – I feel abandoned
left alone in lockdown hell

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gone

top floor boyz

even though it’s in the garden
that she feels almost whole
in this pandemic era
it sometimes feels like a fishbowl

at every other top floor window
there is frequently a face
watching as she writes these poems
in her sacred enclosed space

most days they are silent
mere observers who make no noise
she’s come to think of them
as the top floor boyz

early mornings in the garden
when it’s quiet as the grave
the grey-haired man at his laptop
sends her a smile & a wave

she wonders what he’s doing
for work he seems to have no lack
grateful for the greeting
she always smiles & waves back

the tall guy with the beard
has spider plants in his window
each day he offers a nod
she bobs her head hello

there’s a young boy – a student?
doing dishes at the sink
he calls out, “I love your garden!”
with a smile & a cheeky wink

she’s proud of her wee garden
this compliment she can’t dismiss
so she grins & bows
before blowing him a kiss

the sun moves across the sky
the day grows late
as one by one the top floor boys
their windows they vacate

in peace she sips her wine
on Nelson Street there is no noise
she raises her wineglass high
in a toast to those top floor boyz

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