Outside Looking In

A stranger walking by this house

white paint, powdered royal blue trim,

white picket fence, an immaculate

green lawn. a cherry wood door painted

to match the trim, whitewashed porch

and steps, shutters open, welcoming a

deeper look.

windows closed, blocking all sound

leaving or entering the humble abode,

opaque curtains, ensuring all searching eyes

see only the surface. quiet, peaceful,

the perfect house for the perfect family.

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