It will change and change again
these high buildings, these trees
the smell of coffee and rats in the morning.
Outside my door the osmanthus blossom
undercut by possum rank and moist
the way the house has stood here, lowering
a dozen more years than the
white trunked manifora that towers
altering the shade plan,
like so many flats like so many apartments
so many shadows angled across the roadway
flinging themselves in front on the traffic.