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by Casey White
March 14, 2002

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Suburbanite_Casey White- Whose lot this is, I think I know,
his house is dark, his lights are low.
He will not see me stopping by
to watch his drive fill up with snow.


I looked out my front window just a bit later, and my new neighbor had come home. He had brought out his large tractor-snowplow to clear the 1 inch of snow cover from his driveway. With so little snow this season, this is the first I've seen of it. From this distance, hearing it growl through my insulated windows, and seeing the headlights shine so brightly, I figure it to be a pricey, new machine. This could well be one of the most expensive driveway clearings this year, based on cost per use.

He gives his John Deere plow a brake,
to ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound's the sweep
of easy wind on plastic shake.


This man is unknown to me. Although my neighbor, I have not met him yet. He's just a shadow in the dark, trying to make the best of this line item on his MasterCard bill. Will he like my landscaping? Will I like his? Will we meet on the pathway some Spring day, and chat like old friends? Or will we simply watch each other from a distance? A brief glimpse at the mailboxes. An SUV profile on the way to work. Who is my neighbor? Should I go and greet him now? In the dark? With only 1 inch of snow?

The suburb's lonely, dark and deep,
but I have e-mail and deadlines to keep,
and CNN before I sleep.
And CNN before I sleep.

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