In this small green
corner you might think yourself
scammed, this being
no vacation idyll, only a nook
of green walls and canopy

          but see!
                     here’s a border-guard in enamel
                                 armor, dragonfly of royal blue glint

pausing in his rounds
to perch on your outstretched
foot, survey the territory & you
are toe-tagged as benign

scenery instead of being
your vagabond self, always
in motion, forced to
cease & desist your frenetic
life, this one.