The Tenant

2am:
A rude wind pulls on a door
Rushes into a compact, square room
Invades thin layers of bed-covering
Like a crime edging its way into a mundane life…

Tiny accidents:
Small occurrences of agitated peace narrowly avoided
A broom just about knocked a broken lamp over
A gigantic bag of trash stashed in a corner
nearly started a fire
when candle and match next to it
were summoned to bring forth light
A pungent jar of urine almost spilled its contents
over an adjacent suitcase half-way packed…

Ever teetering on the brink of absorption…

Now:
Bare feet
sticking as they move across a filth-coated floor
transport trembling hands around mess mistaken for heirlooms
Restoring a figment of order within discord
Door finally bolted shut…

Upstairs:
They roll over in their beds
Eyes squeezing closed
No need to play sister’s keeper
The crazy tenant has her mess under control.

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