oop: I puzzled my lit teacher with this one. ^_^ Anyone who figures out exactly what the 'apartments', 'neighbors' and who 'they' are gets brownie points.

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Apartments Five By Nine

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Apartments five by nine-

(No walls between these neighbors)

Stacked in silent, dizzying climb-

Their world holds nothing but.

Each waits to be selected-

And days or months might pass

'Fore hands stretch in to grab them,

Sweet balm of loneliness.

They serve to feed the hungry

To dry and wipe- unhappy tears;

And soothe the troubled mind-

As none of blood- could dream to do.