Love in the House on Woodland Road by Inge Sorensen In the House on Woodland Road – Love Weaved in Many Molds It Came when Two Little Girls heard a Woman’s Voice Announce, “I Have a Surprise for You,” And Sitting on the Fireplace – there was a Videotape, and it Showed Tigger’s Smiling Face The Tigger Movie had Just Arrived, much to the Parents’ Surprise, It Came Again when the Girls Looked in the Cookie Jar, the one Topped with the Smiling Cartoon-Cookie Man Inside was a Tower of Oreos, Waiting for the Girls to Pull Apart and Lick Love was there by the TV-set – Shown with a Stack of Madeline Tapes Love was even by the Bookcase – with Brimming Hardbacks Neither Child could Understand Seated on a Shelf’s Corner, there rested a Crayola Box – Filled with Crayons to the Tin’s Tip-Top Love was in the Bedroom, with Crayola Crayons Stockpiled – and Sitting on the Closet’s Ledge Love was on the Rounded-Rug Below, as the Child Played out a Tick-Timing Clock while Laying on their Back Love was by the Twin Seat Cushions, as the Girls Bounced from One to Another – and Played Leap Frog Between Each Other Love was in the Garden’s Grass – seen when One of the Children Pulled Apart Presumed Pickles from the Tree, and Sprinkled them all over Her Love was by the Cats’ Food Bowl, Awaiting a Stray to Walk in and Take a Bite Love was when the Child walked into the Family Room, and took out the Classic Game Candyland She Played with her New Puppy till he Crossed the Finish Line, and Declared him Champion Love was there as the Children went for a Walk in the Backyard, and Saw all the Birds and Conifers The Birdfeeder Hung, and the Bathwater Rippled, – and they Awaited Famished and Filthy Aves Love was there for many years, long before the Children Appeared And then One Day, the Children came, but all the Love had Died They Noticed the Dust, and the Cobwebs, and the Chill Attached to the House They Noticed the Trees Chopped Down, and their Smiles were Lost They Noticed the Change, and it Made them Very Sad The House had Lost its old Charm, the Children Fell into Monotony and the Gems that Once Gave the House its Glow – Would Never Again Come out and Show.
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Inge Sorensen is a poet and short story writer based in Oakland, California. Her subjects explore themes of loss, mythology, joy, memory, and adventures. Her pieces have been published in Celebrating Poetry West – Spring 2005 and Humans of the World blog. https://www.howblog.org/post/selling-a-piece-inge-sorensen