Nineteen houses

 

empty except

for its contents

 

next door to a

disused mineshaft

entire building

just above ground

 

huge inside and

a brown cupboard

 

between its rooms

a corridor

 

first the door then

the second door

 

a house with its

own belongings

 

crowded garden

watchful rabbits                

 

no windows in

the tiny house

 

solitary

too many rooms

 

time measured in

sudden houses

 

exotic bins

under the stairs

 

motionless house

sky overhead

 

red gravel path

behind the fence

prepositions

surround a house

 

symmetrical

ducks opposite

 

emergency

house all at once

 

from the window

a tree, a hill

 

by Iain Matheson