I dreamed our backyard under a plastic roof.
When it rained, we could go out
and listen. It was more
ours like that.

Says a Sanrio company rep: “Without the mouth,
it is easier for the person to project
their feelings on to the character.
The person can be happy or sad
together with Hello Kitty.”

This time of year, it closes early.
Two hours shut, the gate
lets a squirrel under it on the round stones.
The latch is on the other side. Leaves
flame up over the wall.

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