Spite House

A spite house is a building constructed or substantially modified to irritate neighbors or any party with land stakes. Spite houses may create obstructions, such as blocking out light or blocking access to neighboring buildings, or can be flagrant symbols of defiance. Because long-term occupation is at best a secondary consideration, spite houses frequently sport strange and impractical structures. (Wikipedia)

I stole Kurtz’s fence posts and made them my own,
waiting for you to walk past. You never did.
At night, the joists began to sigh and groan
under the heft of hexes piled high in my bed.
The silver was the gaudiest I could find, ornate
beyond taste or decency. I let it tarnish, lose
its luster. Two full summers’ worth of moldered hate
lay leaking in a colander, filling the sink with juice.
Dust and dog hair clung to the HVAC grill
until the air went sour, smelled like old game.
I left the smoke detector to send its shrill
chirp through a house full of unquenchable flame
that could never be sated or extinguished.
By then, what’s mine or yours could no more be distinguished.

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