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Editor's Note: As our chronic pain blogger, Sue Falkner-Wood, continues to recover from her scheduled surgery enjoy another one of her lovely poems.

Our House

I wonder about those who lived here,
barkeep, butcher and merchant marine,
all who tread upon these floors.

Wives, rotund and corpulent
from childbearing.
Others aged and slim,
touched these walls
and bathed themselves and their children
in the old claw foot tub.

The threshold on the backdoor
is worn from years of feet,
now long gone.

I’m curious about the motive
that instigated the planting of the Araucaria,
which now stands majestically suspended
one hundred feet above our house.
Monkeys may not be able to climb it,
the Monkey Puzzle tree,
But raccoons certainly can
while carrying a young one.

Did one of the earliest residents,
a sea captain, perhaps, travel
and bring it home from Chile
one hundred years ago?
Did he send for it in the mail?
When he dug the hole did he realize
it would outlive him?

Apparently one past owner,
an old, worn sea dog
was flagrantly eccentric.
He lived here alone for many years.
He painted everything aqua blue,
perhaps from a 5 gallon bucket of marine paint
he purloined from his last ship?

He obviously didn’t need money,
perhaps he struggled with mental illness
because he tucked it all away,
hidden inside this house.

Payroll checks placed into drawers
instead of the bank,
accumulated for years.

After his death
a cousin he never knew,
became a millionaire overnight.

I try to imagine how she must have felt
when strangers came to her door
to tell her of her good fortune.
They said she stood in the doorway in her robe
wearing bunny slippers, pink curlers in her hair.
Shocked? Stunned?
Incredulity
must have been written
across her freshly scrubbed face.

Now we leave our mark
upon this lovely old place.
Amidst tears and joy,
we paint, we repair
we replace broken parts
as our way of saying,
“Thank you for waiting for us.”

-Sue Falkner Wood

Last Updated:8/21/2008
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