My neighbor is strange, I must admit,
he wears dark sunglasses and a rain jacket.
He seldom says hello, and when he does
he doesn’t open his mouth or smile,
But I don’t say anything rude or unneighborly.
I give an obligatory wave, a nod of the head
“I hope you have a good day,”
or “Looks like rain is coming our way.”
I figure it’s certainly his prerogative
to make small talk or greet me if he likes,
I’m not an obsessive follower of etiquette
or immune to bad manners myself.