July 4, 2018


the other night there was a racket

beyond our homes front windows

loud yelling and clangs and bangs

of metal hitting metal very hard

looking out I could see a mail box

had been thrown to the ground

was under attack by several men

with nothing better to do than to

vandalize something not their own


the police told me to let them be

theyd go away when they were tired

so I did and they did and next morning

I saw their tools scattered on the grass

the police told me I could keep them

no way to tell whos they once were

so I did and put them in my tool-box

quite happy at the surprise addition

of a hammer, a saw and a square


yet I wondered


if their worth as tools had been decreased

seeing as their source had been a crime


The Other Night there was a Racket
A poem by Peter Rhebergen

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