A Neighborhood of Glass Windows
There’s a street in this neighborhood
Much like any of the others
It’s got one and two-story houses
Full of locked doors
And closed windows
They’re houses of glass windows
With curtains held inches open
By delicate hands and suspicious eyes
Always scanning the street
For anyone and anything
There’s something new on this street
That has caught everyone’s attention
It’s a food truck parked on the corner
A taco truck
A rectangular prism
With bright colors
And bold fonts
It’s parked in front of a house
On this street
In this neighborhood
And most believe it doesn’t belong here.
Everyone saw them move in not too long ago
That Hispanic family
A syllable away from something old
But much too crass to say aloud
They’re not so different
Mostly keep to themselves
Live in their house with glass windows.
But that taco truck on the corner though
Is an eyesore
Must be against regulations
A homeowner’s association
The neighbors agree
People must respect boundaries
Somebody must do something.
Neighbor Jane leads the charge
A hero with a landline
She calls the Department of Public Works
Just a stone’s throw away
Testifies what an orderly street
Her and her neighbors live on
What a disturbance this taco truck has caused
Can it be towed?
Can someone from the city at least
Come out and take a look?
Gossip travels through whispers
A date is set
A city official is coming
The neighbors reckon
This will be a day of reckoning.
The city official arrives
Turning the corner onto the street in this neighborhood
Passing the taco truck
Immediately noticing violations
One door down
A car permanently parked on cinder blocks on the lawn
Two doors down
Neighbors pouring chemicals into the storm drain
Neighbors cut down a tree belonging to the city
A retaining wall built without a permit
Neighbor Jane receives five tickets
For five separate violations.
The city official barely restrains himself
From writing on the back of one of her tickets
An old phrase about throwing stones and glass windows
But that’s all pretty common here.
The taco truck remains parked on the corner
The Hispanic family
Continues to live in the house on the street in this neighborhood
Moving their taco truck only for business
And for the street sweeper on Thursdays.
And soon enough
They aren’t the only Latinx family in the neighborhood.