Everyone in town was excited when
the ships arrived on the horizon.
From a distance they looked so small
like a pair of toys but they’ve been here
since winter and things have gone missing:
a sailboat, a footbridge, a row of maple trees
a gas station and a couple houses on Berlin Road.
Three or four cars disappear every few weeks
and a hundred feet of Mill Street.
It keeps getting worse as the ships
get lower in the water. There are white lines
painted on the bows, you can keep track.
It seems pretty clear they won’t leave
until they have what they came here for.