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I stood outside in the sleet,

gazing at your house,

our house,

once my safe haven…

A place of oatmeal cookies,

a creaking porch swing,

an ancient bonging clock,

organ music,

melodious humming,

and stories of how it used to be.

They left when you left.

Now all that remains

are the memories of

a grandmother’s love,

that flows from my heart

to my pen…

yellowing photographs,


porcelain dolls,

And your house...

now their house...

no longer ours…

Yet you would be proud

of how strangers have cared for

your place,

our place,

once my safe haven.

Does anyone ever really own a house?

Perhaps not.

At best it is a fleeting possession

on the journey of life.

The house remains.

We don’t.

But you have left your mark,

on your house,

on us,

on me.

As I stood outside in the sleet,

gazing at your house,

I knew you were there.


Michelle Close Mills ©




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Reviewed by Cynth'ya
Beautiful reading Sis. Michelle. Reminds me so much of my own era of growing up.

Thank you. blessin's
cynth'ya lewis reed
Reviewed by Sherry Heim
You recital is wonderful, Michelle. You did a great job, excellent emotional tones painted your words. These podcasts are very cool and once we hear the voice of the author reading their creations. From now on when I read your poems, I will do so hearing your voice and that is a special treat.
Take care,
Reviewed by Kate Burnside
Powerful description of the building that made you and your precious family memories - and of the wonderful family who gave it life! I still dream regularly of the farm where I grew up until I was 10. Of course it "belongs" to you - and, likewise, your love and laughter is embedded in the plasterwork somewhere. This is deeply touching, Michelle, thank you. Kate xx
Reviewed by Regis Auffray
Sweet memories and a most loving tribute. A beautiful offering, Michelle. Best wishes of love and peace to you. Regis
Reviewed by Lori Moore
Wonderful. A touching tribute with a great message.
Reviewed by Sandie Angel
A very sentimental piece. Visiting old houses always brings back good memories. You have done wonders with this write.

Here's wishing you a Wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Sandie May Angel a.k.a. Sandie Angel :o)
Reviewed by Phillip William Allen
A poem born from a loved past. I often wonder as I vist older homes as to what secrets from the past they hold. TY for sharing
Reviewed by Lisa Hilbers
Michelle, this is a touching and loving tribute to a Grandmother that you felt such a deep compassion and love for. Her wisdom and nurturing shines in these words, for she now lives through your memories.
Happy Holidays Michelle.

Reviewed by Tracey L. O' Very (Reader)
Knew she was there, and left her mark -- of love and smiles -- Definitely. This is so beautiful and very touching. very touching.
Thank You Michelle
Merry Christmas and Many Blessed Years.
Reviewed by Ed Matlack
Good memories are hard to childhood home, as with many old homes on the NJ shoreline, has been torn down to make way for condo's, apartments and stores on the boardwalk...ah, progress, it really does just suck...Ed
Reviewed by Judy Lloyd (Reader)
I liked this one and all old houses that are passed onto others bring the same memories to others. This is a very good write.
Reviewed by Jason Wise
This hit close to home, very close. My favorite person in the whole world, my grandmother, passed away last June. Her home and my memories were much the same. Best of luck to you.
Reviewed by Tami Ryan
This emotive piece speaks volumes.

Wishing you many blessings this season,
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
beautifully emotive piece, michelle; very good write! well done!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in tx., karen lynn. :)

merry christmas to you and yours! happy new year's too!
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner

o, the powerful memories that came to my mind as i read this--beautifully penned, deeply emotional and thought provoking--an excellent write!

(((HUGS))), love and merry Christmas, karla. :(
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes
Deeply touched by this one Michelle!!

Mery Christmas to you my friend!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Kate Clifford
Heart touching write filled with wisdom and truth.
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