a thousand dead roaches in the sink
& on the floor, a thousand more, crawling.
she wanted “to do business fairly,”
but didn’t know whom to trust.
the tenants had tried to set the house afire,
then left, six months back on the rent.
she wonders how to fix the battered wall,
the smashed ceiling, the live wire;
how she’ll keep her finances straight,
whether her children are growing up right.