he built his house with no windows

a neighbor of mine for the last 15 years
was a mystery to us all
he was friendly enough
his appearance was rough
and ruddy in old overalls
he built his house with no windows
at least there were none we could see
it was good for our minds
to imagine what kinds
of reasons for that there could be
i liked to envision a glass wall
that ran from the roof to the ground
that covered the back
where he’d sit, sip and snack
and revel in privacy’s sounds
my son imagined he kidnapped
a whole bunch of kids he kept hidden
and for years he would keep
to our side of the street
’til a neighbor assured us he didn’t
my daughter imagined a built-in pool
that the man would just swim in all day
no other rooms, ‘cuz the house, she presumed
was just used as his own get-away
he died in his house
with no windows
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perhaps an
aversion to glass
the only way
anyone noticed
was the smell
when a neighbor
walked past
the police said it
might have been
heatstroke
or it might
have been cardiac
but they kindly shared
what they learned in there
there were also no windows in back.

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© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by geralt, courtesy pixabay.com
Daily prompt – glass
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