Here Today by Nicholas DiClementi

They’re demolishing
the house next door to mine.

The weatherboard cracks
and splinters
as it’s torn
from the building’s foundation.
Each piece is tossed
haphazardly
into a pile
like fallen soldiers
into a ditch.
The wrecking ball
crashes into the single brick facade.
“The single brick facade
gives the house character,”
a real estate agent once said.
Piece by piece
is felled or crushed until
nothing remains
but a cluster of grey rubble
where the neighbor children used to play hopscotch.

They’re demolishing
the house next door to mine.
It was here yesterday,
and now it’s gone.

It’s funny,
I think,
how some things are like that.

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1 Comment

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One response to “Here Today by Nicholas DiClementi

  1. I like this as whole (as a casual reader), but there are a few stylistic and format questions I have. I suspect that the author intends for the reader to have a specific response to the ‘broken’ (my word) lines—perhaps a device used to physically reflect the dismantling that is occurring in the scene; however, I don’t think I can make this determination based on this single piece. Otherwise, the scene would read the same, I believe, as a single paragraph, which would then beg whether this would still be considered a “poem”. There may be an underlying thematic or other structure that I am unaware of.

    Additionally, I wonder what the author’s intent is for the image of the fallen soldiers—I’m not sure that soldiers are typically “tossed haphazardly into a pile” into a ditch—perhaps during a genocide or if they are “enemy soldiers” but that is not alluded to in this piece. Perhaps it’s a reference to a larger political message about war in general, but once again, I don’t want to attribute such things to a single piece and to an author whose work I am unfamiliar with.

    My favorite part: “…crashes into the single brick façade. “The single brick façade gives the house character…” I like the alliteration and the depth this adds—that works as a great transition within the work.

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