Cause and Effect of Suburbia

Because the houses
are low and driveways
stubby, the sidewalks
have small ambition.
The trees were driven
in on flatbed trucks,
roots wrapped in burlap;
what leaves can be seen
are counterfeit bills,
and their trunks are tall,
like good sons. Because
there is a twin bed
in a blue room, you
can say you come from
somewhere, even though
you are a broken pane,
or else a bent spoon.
Experts are called in:
they are troubleshooting.
With their instruments
and calculations,
they determine that if
all the lawnmowers
on every block
can be synchronized,
the satellite dishes
will turn toward the sun
like steel hydrangeas.