This House

never recovered from the storms of ā€™93
when lightning stroked shingles, shorted out circuits;
left one side wind blown and sagging.

Tufts of moss sprout from the bowed memory
of taut boards. A plague of roaches
lurk beneath stairs; creaking their arthritic chatter.

From a threadbare recliner in a ramshackle room
gaze over fields at a familiar view,
distorted by windows now broken and rheumy.