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One Yard Away


There Is Something So Nice

About looking at other peoples homes

How they decorate with their own style

If it is the colors of their house

The grass or the plants

The front door to the back door

I often dream what their plans are

How old the home is?

What their newest changes are

Maybe they are happy just the way it is

I like looking at their driveway

Sometimes it disappears around the corner

What is behind that brick wall?

Is that a pool in the back?

Some people like big trees or large shrubs

A flag hanging proudly out front

No matter where it is

Up on a hill or way down the bottom of a road

On a dead end street

I love to think of what people like

From a big yard to a small gravel driveway

An old rock wall that goes far and wide

A lovely garden filled with all kinds of plants

Maybe it was their family home

Where everyone still comes back to visit

When I see a grill

I wonder how many good meals were cooked

Then I see toys or a bike on the grass

I think back to when I was growing up

I had an old metal swing set and a plastic pool

That gave us years of enjoyment and kept us cool all summer long

Later both my brother and I got bikes

Which we rode many times

There are so many home shapes and styles

Both modern and old

I hope whichever it may be

It will hold your greatest childhood memories

Where your home is more than just a house

It is a place where lovely thoughts will make you happy

Long after you have moved on


DREAM ON (author) on July 24, 2020:

Umesh Chandra Bhatt I remember helping my dad painting and most of the time watching him and my mom take care of the home I grew up in. Over time things wore out and they had to be fixed. Sometimes there were changes that made my childhood home so special. My father built a bookcase and put mirrors in our parlor. So many good thoughts and laughs over time. Thank you for being the first to comment on my poem. I hope you also have great memories of your childhood home. Have an amazing day.

DREAM ON (author) on July 24, 2020:

Ankita B I often like to listen to other people talk about the home they grew up in. I find the images of my childhood so important that I wonder if it is the same for other people? We can't change the past but we can enjoy every day making our future happier and filled with so much love. My mother and father worked hard for the home they later owned. They struggled over the years and lived in different apartments before they could buy their home. I remember the stories and that was one reason my family home held a sacred place in my heart. Things happen that we can't control and life goes on. Thank you so much for reading and caring. I wish you a wonderful day.

DREAM ON (author) on July 24, 2020:

Linda Crampton I grew up in one of the smallest houses in the neighborhood. I always reflect back on my childhood home. It was everything I ever wanted growing up. It was filled with so much love. I never remember wanting to run away from home. Later in life when both my parents died I wanted to keep it in the family so we could carry on old memories and add new ones. That didn't happen. My brothers insisted on selling and getting the money. I wasn't in a position to buy them out. So it was sold and resold. They gutted it out and made it more modern. My heart was broken for a long time. The house will hopefully turn into someone else's dream home. I will always cherish the way it was and what memories I had. it was never perfect but it always was home sweet home. I have moved to another state and had the opportunity to build my own dream home. Where my wife and I constantly make new memories and share stories of what it was like and any small changes we make along the way. Thank you so much for reading and sharing. It means so much to me. Have a great day.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on July 23, 2020:

A home that is "more than just a house" (or more than just an apartment) is very important. The word "home" conjures up some lovely images for me. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and ideas, Dream On.

Ankita B on July 22, 2020:

Wonderful poem. It is indeed true a home is more than just a house.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on July 22, 2020:

Beautiful. Well composed. Enjoyed reading.

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