Childhood Home

The place remains in my dreams
like a movie set preserved…

Have assigned each room
a critique – disclosed the crimes

Yet, it remains, like a beacon
draws me to it, begs reflection

What if I could go back
now that I can breathe

Now that I’ve laid claim to maturity;
would I discover a sudden windfall?

Makeover conditioned motifs;
reevaluate ceiling heights?

With resources to remodel
heart open, connected

might I uncover abundance
like a personal embrace.

(Childhood Home first appeared May, 2020. Image my own)


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Permission to write, paint, and imagine are the gifts I gave myself when chronic illness hit - a fair exchange: being for doing. Relevance is an attitude. Humour essential.

23 thoughts on “Childhood Home”

  1. Hmmm…that’s a really good question you pose. I find that that the changes I see when I physically go back are so great as to be disorienting. However, it has been interesting “going back” via stories/points of view of my siblings. Enlightening, sometimes….

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  2. Such a good post to remind folks about the way humans can progress and shift perspective on the last and memories – and seeing some of the good is a huge new level –
    And isn’t it interesting how the bad can overpower much good ?
    I once heard someone say one negative out Down could be so heavy that it took 20 edifications to assuage it (something like that!)


  3. I have sad memories attached to my childhood home. It appears as a ghostly and spooky place in my dreams, probably because my mother died there. I looked up the address and the home is listed on Zillow. A virtual tour was available and I was amazed. The home was completely remodeled and looked charming. I got a sense of closure and the creepy visual has subsided in my dreams though not wholly. We’re so vulnerable during our formative years and it’s challenging to replace the bad memories with the good ones.

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    1. So interesting to be able to visit it again, and see it in a different light. It is difficult to change the memories, but I am trying to shift perspective

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