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fifty years
this house stood against
the tide of generations
leaving in its wake
lizards and roaches 

still weaker
we wield hammers
and peer at each other
through glass windows

the masks went on
hauling the debris of years
to the curb 

we came here to rebuild
we said, as the stove
hung its head and the fridge
slipped quietly out the door
teal paint chips
snowed in the kitchen
but couldn't touch us

in three hours
the sun lit up
soft brown bones

we drove home
as if home was
external, separate
from our work
and we were so
blissfully intact

the walls had to come
down first, he told us

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  1. Date: 10/18/2012 9:03:00 PM
    julia, here I am with a be-lated :-) congratulations with your wonderful win in the " April, 2011 Contest " It is very nice to see you on this winning list..*'.*'.*' hip hip hooray. Good night :-) always~ PD

  1. Date: 7/31/2012 11:47:00 PM
    JULIA, stopping by to read a couple of poems. CONGRATULATIONS!! :-) with your featured poem of the week. Goodnight~ LUV~ PD

  1. Date: 7/31/2012 2:26:00 PM
    A matter-of-fact charm in the ruin. Like it. Congrats on the selection. daver

  1. Date: 10/27/2011 9:12:00 PM
    Congratulations Julia, I love this poem. So much depth and inspiration flows through your verses and the message leaves one it! A well deserved win! Thank you for sharing and May God Bless!

  1. Date: 10/9/2011 7:49:00 AM
    Beautiful atmosphere arises from this poem, although I do not understand each and every sentence

  1. Date: 9/18/2011 6:17:00 AM
    Oh wow, this is incredible, a poem of depth and meaning. Love it. Crafted beautifully:))

  1. Date: 9/10/2011 9:31:00 PM
    Anazing poem, Julia..Congratulations on a fine win! Love, Annalise

  1. Date: 8/25/2011 2:37:00 PM
    This is the work of an artist. Congratulations on an excellent write. Love, Vie.

  1. Date: 8/23/2011 8:01:00 PM
    Congrats Julia on your wonderful win in PS contest with this glorious write luv..

  1. Date: 8/23/2011 4:11:00 PM
    Congrats Julia on your poems placement in the contest. Vince

  1. Date: 8/23/2011 3:45:00 PM
    Congratulations April, 2011 6th Place Contest Winner! Caryl Ramsdale

  1. Date: 8/23/2011 7:46:00 AM
    Congratulations on your placement in PoetrySoup's International Poetry Contest Julia. I am very happy for you. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 8/22/2011 4:43:00 PM
    Congratulations Julia on your win in the International Contest.Wonderful Poem.

  1. Date: 8/22/2011 12:37:00 PM
    So happy to see your name in the sixth place in this international contest. Co0ngratulations, Julia

  1. Date: 8/22/2011 10:54:00 AM
    Congratulations on your lovely poem, Julia. Enjoy your winnings. Agape, Moses

  1. Date: 8/22/2011 10:13:00 AM
    Congratulations Julia on your fabulous Soup win with this wonderful write. Enjoy your honor, I enjoyed the read. Caryl

  1. Date: 8/22/2011 9:54:00 AM
    Beautiful poem, Julia. Congratulations on your great win in the Soup Admin's contest! Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 8/22/2011 8:13:00 AM
    This is very intense, Julia. Many congrats on your amazing win in poetry soup international contest. *Cheers*

  1. Date: 8/22/2011 12:15:00 AM
    Congratualtions Julia on your great win!!! With Love, Pravs.

  1. Date: 8/21/2011 11:28:00 PM
    Vivid images with powerful meaning. Many congrats on your SUPER WIN in the Poetry Soup competion, Julia. Elaine