Our Patch

Shoo fly! Don’t you dare light here.

We paid for this patch.

Not just the walls—

But the grass, the sidewalks

And yes—the gutters, too.

We have purchased police

To patrol our patch.

We must warn you:

They work on commission.

Back … back, you offal swarm!

You press of flesh.

Though behind our laws we are few,

You must know well by now,

We have plenty enough batons

To swat at the likes of you.