The Fieldstone Review

The Census

I was home but nobody came
nobody at the door
with pad and pencil to take my name
and ask those questions I'd heard they asked
and were you working and what you made
and what you paid
for your apartment
and if you had a toilet
was there hot water in your tap
and what was your nationality

I was going to say occupation poet income nothing
but nobody came
with pad and pencil to take my name
(Chatham, 1961)