Five Alarms

Vancouver has an
approved fireworks

But here the
only permitted explosions
are gas leaks.

Through Greenwood’s
(this neighborhood
always burning down)

with my sister, the arted-up
boarding for windows of still open

Block long fenced off gravel
pit where I once ate gyros

with my nephew. (this neighborhood
is always coming up) The
Cyclery, the reading center are Causes,
rally points, easily raised funds to move

ahead. The family
owned coffee shop
not so much, just another,


they live a few miles south and
their house is being destroyed
to make way for an oncoming train