Mid-Century Ranch, Orange County
by Trina Gaynon
I cannot tell you what a bargain this is. . . .
— “$7,500” Josephine Miles
I cannot lie and tell you what a bargain this is.
The owners paid top dollar, before the Great Housing Crash:
Six hundred thousand and a bit more,
in love with mature roses and orange trees.
This listing stands solidly in the middle of its cul–de–sac.
The roof soars over a sun room addition in back.
The front door, painted an oceanic blue, beckons — morning sun turns its leaded glass window into a prism.
From beyond the back patio, you can hear
pilings being driven in the distance:
a heart beat that comes to abrupt starts and stops,
a community on its way to a halting recovery.