Houses and Homes
It's said that a house is not a home
rather, home is where the heart is
I can agree with this statement
Of course, I have a wife and 2 growing kids
And when it’s time to go to bed
They don’t sleep on my aorta or pulmonary veins
No, they go to sleep in their beds underneath a wooden frame
But I understand what the statement means
So allow me to speak on the family
Consider the coconut from the coconut tree
Its hard outer shell protects the inside sweets
Just like the house that protects the family tree
Peradventure I stumbled upon a coconut with a cracked shell causing leaks
I would discard it simply because drinking from suspect coconuts is not my cup of tea
So when I see houses and environments run down, and condemned with cracks and leaks
No wonder the family inside is broken and weak
We have allowed our conditions and surroundings to go to waste
You eat a rotten coconut and tell me how it taste
A spoiled core growing with bacteria, germs, and mold
Missing fathers, anger, and rebellion causing a love to wax cold
But not all families are corrupted from the outside in
Yet these families are broken from within
They appear to look okay and sometimes great from the outside
But come in the door and watch the fireworks fly
Though the material representation of curb appeal is present
Providing a false sense of happiness and security
The public is deceived like fake diamonds with impurities
If designer apparel makes you happy like Pharrell,
Refrigerators stocked with food by the barrels
full sized bathrooms clean and sterile
Then why are parents sad and kids hungry for attention
While elephants in the house roam around unmentioned
These are the ills of a broken home
Somehow there is a disconnect in this landline phone
What makes a house a home?
As I said earlier, it’s often believed that home is where the heart is
To get to the root of the statement a question should be asked
Where is your heart?
Is it in the right place?
Or is left alone in the dark
Whether many rooms or few
In the physical house
Is there room enough in your heart
To love your kids and/or spouse
Is your heart in the place of material wealth and gain?
Stained with the shame of fame over pain
Performing for the world to see the family movie called "vain"
While behind the scenes there are drugs and punched holes out of anger to keep from killing each other in this house called Cain?
Or…Is your heart in the right place?
The place of Love
The place where no matter how many levels there are to your house
You still remain above
Above the current conditions
Whether they be dilapidated or immaculate
There is love, peace, training, and discipline in that home habitat
Home is where the heart is
Make sure it’s not alone
Cause when your heart is in the right place
Your house will be ready for a home.
Copyright © PoetPrentice Dupins | Year Posted 2017
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