Day 18 of National Poetry Month: This is in response to a haiku prompt from NaHaiWriMo for April 18th. The prompt is “fire.”

after the fire

boarded-up windows

echoes of children

My neighbors had a fire awhile back, and it took over a year to rebuild the interior of the damaged brick house. The windows were boarded all that time. Apparently, this was a “come hither” signal to thieves, who removed copper pipes and caused more water damage to the refinished basement.  After all this time it’s nice, finally, to hear the giggles and shouts of children again. 


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