How to Build a Home


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Start with four walls and a roof

Add a floor, some windows

A door to get inside

Put a mat just inside the door

 

Kick off your shoes on the mat

Let them pile up every day

Drop your keys and your worries on the table

Drape your coat over the back of a chair 

 

Fill shelves with your favorite books

And among them tuck stories that you’ll tell

Around the dinner table

Like the one when your eyelids froze shut skiing in Vermont

 

Hang pictures on the wall 

Pictures of your family

That bring you back to the day on the beach

The photo was taken

 

Buy some pots and pans

Cook something new and complicated like gnocchi

Cook something old and delicious like grandma’s meatballs

Set off the fire alarm making toast

 

Put some furniture in the house

A big blue couch for watching movies

A giant beige chair where you’ll read Harry Potter in front of the fire

A coffee table for collecting anything and everything

 

Buy a bed and some sheets

Love someone in those sheets

Love someone until there’s a bunch of little someones

Running around

 

Buy a new table for your family

Sit around it and have lunch

Laugh when a tiny someone 

Spreads Mac & Cheese all in their hair

 

Put a swingset in the backyard

Make sure there’s a slide and a treehouse

Call in your pirates and princesses for dinner

But not before someone walks the plank

 

Buy a Christmas tree

Put presents all around it 

And play the Muppets Christmas album in the morning

Memorize the expressions of joy

 

Put clothes in drawers and dresses on hangers

And clean them out every couple of years

Remember when you wore that shirt to the Jason Aldean concert

Best night of your life

 

Get a furry little something

Let her sleep on the couch and in bed with you

Be astounded at how the fur never seems to leave

No matter how often you vacuum

 

Have friends and family over often

Make food together, eat food together

Reminisce, laugh, cry

Tell the stories you put on the shelves

 

When you’re all done

Leave for a little 

Experience things

Do what you’ve always wondered about

 

Wander until you feel very lost

Explore until you’ve never felt so alone

When you feel like nothing is going right

And you don’t know what to do

 

Go back to that roof and four walls

Kick off your shoes on the mat

And if everything is somehow miraculously all better

Know that you’ve built a home



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Katrine Westgaard · ago
This piece was beautifully written. The writer really knows how to evoke a sense of home in the reader through eloquent language and emotional storytelling techniques.
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Gordon McIntire · ago
Warms my heart. Nice job Jules
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Michelle Arone · ago
Sounds like the home you came from was filled with life and love and you'll be able to make a home like that one day too. Great poem
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Libby Ciampo · ago
Love it and love you!
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Stacy Levy · ago
Beautifully written, congratulations on being a finalist!
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Dave Crowley · ago
So Vivid!! Stunning clarity! Visual imagery let's you "see" the story - not just read it and understand, but read-live it with emotion.
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Carl Kofler · ago
So beautiful!!!!!!!
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Jane Baczynski · ago
Love it, so talented.
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Grace White · ago
Beautiful!! Love this!!!