No Good Deed

bench
Mood: Accomplished
Drinking: Tea

No Good Deed

Thinking ourselves good neighbors,
we built a bench out front
for strangers to sit on
while they wait for the train.

But when I see them squatting there,
the train-waiting people,
swilling beer on my steps
and marking territory

with sticky trails of melted ice cream,
I begin to think kindness
is ill-advised.

And when a woman
who looks otherwise sane
drops trou and pisses

directly into my flower box
I wonder why we ever bothered

and what Jesus would do
with a hose.

-Lo, who does not condone public peeing.

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