My Good Neighbour Joe


the goodest part
was his teaching me
by example
how to be a good neighbour

he never presumed
how i should live my life

a moment ago i was crying
for the loss of friends
who just drifted away
for reasons of their own
i displeased them
and then i smiled


my loyal friends

heaven knows how many times
i’ve caused the few who remain
various shades of discomfort
or mental pain
and in my life stay
thanks and praises

ol’ Joe
my neighbour
sometimes smiling

makes me smile.