They didn’t come silently.
Bulldozers, cranes, cement trucks, and other big machinery
Brought them in and put them up.
And now they stand
Looming over the landscape once crowded with cornstalks.
Exactly three stories tall.
Light gray with darker gray trim.
Identical attached garages.
Identical satellite dishes, mounted at the exact same angle.
Blocks and blocks — no,
Mile upon miles
of brand new cloned condominiums
On shining new asphalt roads
with bright new yellow stripes painted down their centers.
Within minutes of the new strip malls!
Buy now! They’re new! Good terms available!
But don’t expect any character,
Or even trees.
This is not a neighborhood; it is a barracks.
These buildings are exactly,
And more are on the way….