Oh House

Oh house you were birthed out of love

From a vision of hope

That a spunky woman had

Because she refused to believe that a woman wasn’t able to go it alone

With just her sons on her own

She did, with you as her peace

Oh house – you were her vision

Of freedom, breaking the status quo

A safe haven for her family

The windows had to be end-to-end

Overlooking the valley

Because at night every twinkle of every lamp post or porch light needed to be seen from those windows

Fourth of July was always the best- the best fireworks view in town

Swimming pool parties

Friends & family galore

Dad wearing a cowboy hat or baseball cap grilling

Mix Doberman/Shepard dog would run parameter & greet kids with a sloppy slurp as she ate grapes off the vine as she ran

Oh house…

As an infant I rolled over on the family room floor

At age 3 I sat on your stairs and cried while the woman who built you sat by me

Rubbing my back as we waited

For Dad to emerge from the bathroom

Your tree house you built nestled in birch trees

Felt like another world

Brunches in the tree house with all the windows open, a crisp breeze

No wonder I love brunch so much

My first kiss on the back steps of the tree house

My bedroom was my sanctuary that fit two queen beds- perfect for sleepovers

Helped that the extra fridge nearby was always stocked with cherry chocolate chip ice cream

Oh house… the billiard games and dart board along with Jack Daniels

Chocolate chip cookies and coffee beckoned everyone

They are gone now

Sorrow flits like the speckled snow

With so many memories awakened

Upon seeing your now but remembering your glory days

Oh house! What happened to you?

Their names and memories whisper on your walls and echo through your halls

Why must you disappear too?

Do I cry for you or them

Or all of us

Missing you

Missing them

Oh house….

Hwy 89, Layton, Utah

Author: JJ Taylor

Many have shared that I am the strongest woman they know. I would disagree... when life kicks you in the teeth there is only one place to look and that is UP! I will be sharing my poetry, random thoughts, my hopes, my dreams, defining my strength and my faith. I'm honest, raw and real. I'm writing more for me, but perhaps someone will find my words that will help you in a profound way

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