Gossip Column

AC went out,
like my neighbor
who everyone says
“gets around.”
The guys say she’s hot.
The women, well,
they say she’s a slut.
Me, I don’t care.
She steps lightly
through our lanky grass,
picks up soggy tabloids
chucked on our lawn last week,
recycles them,
never bothers to read
who made the front page,
doesn’t call the HOA.
Good neighbors are endangered.
So are good husbands.
Open the windows now,
turn the fans on high.
I wonder whose night
will be longer.

Katherine Gotthardt

Katherine Gotthardt, M.Ed., writing concentration, has been writing, editing and teaching for more than twenty years. For the past ten years, she has earned a living through content development and marketing. Besides being published in dozens of journals, Katherine has authored six books: Poems from the Battlefield, Furbily-Furld Takes on the World, Approaching Felonias Park, Weaker Than Water, Bury Me Under a Lilac and Late April. She has been nominated twice for Poet Laureate of Prince William County, VA, received InsideNova's 2019 Best of Prince William award in the author category and is Editor in Chief of Prince William Living magazine. Katherine serves as president of Write by the Rails, the Prince William Chapter of the Virginia Writers Club.

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