Ode to dilapidated digs! The Hampton Roads Writers Association recently challenged readers to write from this house’s perspective. Here is a moving poem of persuasion highlighting why this would still make for a good home. Enjoy!
This Old House
My wood is rotting, and my metal is rusting. The
carpet is stained, but the sun still streams
through my dirty windows.
It’s quiet now; I’ve lost my family. Even Fluffy
the dog and Streamline the cat.
No echoes of laughter or wrestling throughout;
just stale and mildewed air.
I once held six humans and kept them safe. Now I’m
left to decay and listen to the wind blow through my cracks.
Buckets of paint and happy voices could make me
shine. Stand proud and relish in what life has to offer.
Look to the right, a tattered sign lying in the weeds;
for sale it says.
Won’t you buy me? I’ll love and protect you.
Jeanette Cheezum’s work has been published on several online writing sites and in print. She’s published in fifteen anthology books and four books of poetry. Three of these books have made the New York Times Best Sellers list. Recently, she published thirteen e-books available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble for children and general adult audiences. Jeanette is a 2014 Pushcart Prize nominee and was awarded the Helium Network’s Premium Writer’s Badge and a Marketplace Writers award.