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What Happened Upon Inspection

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What Happened Upon Inspection

So much damage there to find,
but you needed to unload the property
and the foundation cracks needed 
a quick cover up before the next buyer showed.

So you planted, life inviting and green
to hide the cracks outside
and you bought a blanketing carpet
to cover them within.

For a few moments, it all seemed so cozy --
inviting, and almost beautiful even.
Unfortunately, the inspector 
that accompanied the potential buyer
was a pro and pointed out every fault, 
each crack in the wall and ceiling, to the 
potential buyer. 

The ground shifts below
your feet, and soon you won't
have any level surface upon which to stand.

Weakness upon weakness,
the case against purchase made.
The potential buyer,
who thought he had been 
in love with the place,
finally let the inspector's
counsel sink in --

The cost is too dear.
Walk away while you can.

He listened, turned, 
and walked out.
While you hung your
head and held on
without choice.

Meanwhile, the property 
to lose value and rot, 
beloved by no one.
An empty abandoned lot --

Still, it stands.

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  1. Date: 10/11/2009 9:00:00 AM
    I have read your amazing poetry today and enjoyed it. Thank you Irene. I hope you are enjoying your weekend. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 10/10/2009 5:52:00 PM
    I enjoyed reading your poem tonight...Marty

  1. Date: 10/10/2009 4:30:00 PM
    Sad that a home could become a place unlivable. Well at least the land still stands. Keep writing. Sara