For the prompt at Poets United – Neighbors.


We live out in the country on a deadend,
cul de sac’ed road.
There are eight different families on this road.
The houses are separated by thick hedges, not fences.
We wave when passing a car or each other
on our morning walks.
We keep to ourselves.
It is a quiet road with no children.
Pets stay in the houses or in their yards.
But when my mother died,
somehow they knew.
A jar of homemade jam tied to the doorknob,
A bouquet delivered to my door,
several cards stuck in the mailbox.
I share tomatoes when I have extra,
they share extra cucumbers and squash.
My favorite kind of neighbors –
unobtrusive, quiet, polite,
casually friendly –
but there when you need them.


20 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sherry Blue Sky
    Mar 13, 2019 @ 14:43:58

    Lovely neighbours! I love the jam tied to the doorknob……..people can be so lovely in times of sorrow.


  2. sanaarizvi
    Mar 13, 2019 @ 15:06:43

    Oh yes definitely ❤️ We should bear in mind to respect each other’s privacy 🙂 those there for us in need prove to be the best of neighbours. Lovely write, Toni! ❤️


  3. magicalmysticalteacher
    Mar 13, 2019 @ 15:23:47

    The kind of neighbors you describe are everywhere in the world, although sometimes it seems as though they have vanished from the face of the earth.


  4. annell4
    Mar 13, 2019 @ 15:54:16

    Your neighbors sound, “just right!!”


  5. oldegg
    Mar 13, 2019 @ 17:25:45

    How I remember those times when neighbors exchanged their produce whether it was garden produce or pairs of gloves for the kids or a taste of their fruitcake. Sadly we have become robots attached to TV’s and computers and iPhones unaware there are other humans living nearby. .


  6. susanstoo
    Mar 13, 2019 @ 18:13:39

    Perfect neighbors. “Somehow they know”–oh, yes, exactly. You are their perfect neighbors, too.


    • kanzensakura
      Mar 13, 2019 @ 19:08:05

      Thank you. I try to be. Everyone except my husband and I and the neighbors across the road have lived in thse homes since they were built, in the late 70’s. We moved in in 2000. The across the roaders moved in in 2013.


  7. Myrna
    Mar 13, 2019 @ 19:26:54

    I like the kind of neighbors you have. I live in the middle of the desert. Each house has a minimum of 2 acres. Rarely do I see my neighbors and I know only a few. Enjoyed your poem!


    • kanzensakura
      Mar 13, 2019 @ 19:39:43

      Thank you. We all have 1 ½ – 2 acres per lot. I guess that is one reason why we don’t see each other so much. But we see each other out in all weather walking the road and of course, see each other working in the yards, or walking. We are friendly, just very restrained. All of the children grew up and moved away years ago.

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  8. jazzytower
    Mar 13, 2019 @ 19:51:56

    It’s what makes us human. I agree that folks like your neighbors are all over and that they rise to the occasion. Good they were there for you.



  9. Sumana Roy
    Mar 14, 2019 @ 01:20:04

    “unobtrusive, quiet, polite,
    casually friendly –
    but there when you need them.”…This is perfect. Love when true kindness shows up in need of times.


  10. kim881
    Mar 14, 2019 @ 03:25:36

    The wave and the produce tied to the doorknob – I will miss that now that our old neighbours have moved away. How lovely that you continue the neighbourliness with your own vegetables.


  11. coalblack
    Mar 14, 2019 @ 11:36:42

    Yours sound like the very best kind of neighbors, dear.


    • kanzensakura
      Mar 14, 2019 @ 13:51:32

      Yes they are. Except for us and our neighbors across the street, they have lived here since their houses were new, in the late 60’s. No children running around, no teens…just us old folks.

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  12. Vivian Zems
    Mar 16, 2019 @ 15:41:37

    That’s the perfect neighbourhood. I love that they were supportive when you needed them.


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