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A decade in to
a new millennium,
a woman, nearing
a century on Earth,
braces herself in
a doorway of
the house,
she has lived in since birth.

Her oldest son unfastens his belt, and takes a seat at the end of her table,
where her middle son just fixed the legs of the chair; to make sure it was stable.
Her youngest son brushes the webs off the wall, and scrubs the stains from the floor.
Her only daughter packs up her pictures, and helps her through the door.

A decade in to 
a new millennium,
a life, almost
a century long,
comes flooding back
to the thoughts of a woman
who feels removed 
from where she belongs.

Her daughter tries to lift her spirits, (from the room in which, she slept as a child)
but no one could easily witness their memories, all being sorted, and filed.
Her house is dissected, and put in a truck that waits - like a thief - in the drive.
-The cumbersome stance; the delicate dance; together, they help one another survive.

A decade in to 
a new millennium,
a woman approaches
a century - passed.
A man in the attic
waves from the window -
Assuring her: 
This home will not be her last.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2011

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Date: 8/4/2011 7:40:00 AM
Congratulations on your poetry making it through round one in the PoetrySoup International Poetry contest. I wish you the best in the final round John. Love, Carol
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Date: 7/10/2011 7:16:00 PM
It was very easy to see the scene you describe. I loved it!
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Date: 7/10/2011 12:39:00 PM
Congratulations on your poem being featured this week John. Love, Carol
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Date: 1/9/2011 12:33:00 PM
Very touching poem, John. So relevant to life today.. Love the way you wrote this..well-written with vivid imagery. Have a great day, Always, Audrey
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Date: 1/8/2011 5:42:00 PM
A very heartfelt poem...Jimmy
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Date: 1/8/2011 1:54:00 PM
Interesting work..Sad thoughts that we all possibly will have to face having to give up our home that has been ours for years and go to a home of some kind..Enjoyed the topic and the way that you put it together..Sara
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