Estate Agents

Those virgin fence panels went up
on both sides of our scored land
as flimsy ramparts to mark out

your own extents and hard edges
before our house – our home – is split
by an auction – of sorts – of blind bids

You tipped complaining barrows of earth
into a hired skip and into low indents
as you oversaw each shored footing

for fifteen freshly hewn fence posts
and at least a thousand splinter risks –
you put everything in a fixed place

after your tie-knotted estate agents
had advised you on such necessary repairs
to achieve the best price possible

now that you no longer wish to live
in this haunted house with me
and with my unmet Ghost of the Future