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The House on the Hill

Shall I return… oh shall I return to that house on the hill?
It's been my home for many years now – all my life.
Why do I fear everything and wish not to return?
They are not mean… and certainly there has been no strife,
But in looking at that light… almost feels it would burn.

Shall I return… oh shall I return to that house on the hill?
I stand among the rows of grain… and feel so much at peace.
It’s so quiet and still… feels as though time has stopped,
I can gather my thoughts to make my understanding increase,
Although work must be done, as this grain must be chopped.

Shall I return… oh shall I return to that house on the hill?
I feel so different and out of place… nothing to discuss,
As they are farmers during the day, and furniture at night.
If I leave and join the others, I know there’ll be a fuss,
And they may even call the law to capture me on sight.
Shall I return… oh shall I return to that house on the hill?
Why is it so hard to decide?... I know what’s best for me,
There is still this attraction; like a moth to a flame.
But if I do return, it will be to my end… I believe,
All my unique abilities will disappear and flow down the drain.

Shall I return… oh shall I return to that house on the hill?
I think it’s time to turn around and see my future.
We must all turn a corner and make an important decision,
As now I’m entering a new life and leaving one of agriculture,
To a realm of science and thought… so sad there’s a family division.
I shall not return… no, I shall not return to that house on the hill.

By: Greg Stanley

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  1. Date: 1/31/2012 2:36:00 AM
    I'm a good way! =) Congratulations on your tremendous win, Sir Greg!

  1. Date: 1/30/2012 3:33:00 PM
    Congratulations. Well done!

  1. Date: 1/30/2012 3:24:00 PM
    Congratulations Greg on your 1st place win, it an awesome write, love,vie

  1. Date: 1/30/2012 10:12:00 AM
    I read this piece over a couple of times, (and probably will again). Each time, I saw something different, or maybe something deeper. A great write. Congratulations my friend. Well done.

  1. Date: 1/30/2012 7:41:00 AM
    Congratulations on your placement in the "Between Nightmares and Dreams" contest Greg. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 1/30/2012 6:05:00 AM
    Congrats on your 1st place win in my contest Greg..I loved the story your words told you really managed to bring the picture to life..Thank you for entering xxxx

  1. Date: 1/26/2012 9:56:00 PM
    Hey Greg,,,I went to the photo and then to this poem again..I like what you entered even more now..Great depiction of the photo. I asked my mom to write for this contest this evening during a dinner party. I gave her the flyer for the contest..I got my fingers and toes crossed hoping she will write something..I know, I am crazy! lol..Gwendolen

  1. Date: 1/24/2012 6:17:00 AM
    Thank you for your kind comments on my writings Greg. It was a pleasure to read your poetry today. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 1/22/2012 10:57:00 AM
    yes,reviewing this again, I can really see why you enjoyed that contest so much.Yours rocked!!

  1. Date: 1/20/2012 8:55:00 PM
    Did a great job with this poem Greg, you bring her to life with your words, much enjoyed your read tonight, good luck in the contest, love,vie

  1. Date: 1/20/2012 8:36:00 PM
    I really like how you OWNED this poem. You took it as something very personal, a guy needing to break free of his farmer's roots. Very nicely done. I sure am going crazy thinking how to do this one!!

  1. Date: 1/20/2012 7:53:00 PM
    This is one of your finest outputs to date Greg. I think Tracie will like it also.

  1. Date: 1/20/2012 6:54:00 PM
    This is Grrrrreat, had me wondering about all the background to these intense tho'ts..the ending is my fav part as you resolved to not return to the house on the hill..I must go see this photo..Gwendolen

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    Date: 1/20/2012 7:03:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    The photo is absolutly beautiful; my hats off to Tracie