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Saying Goodbye To A Childhood Home

This is about the connections we have with our family/childhood home. I was born there, we grew up there, our father died there, we had many family gatherings there. I have known that house my whole life, visiting my parents, then just my Mother. Today after 63 years it has new owners, only the second family to occupy the house. It feels odd knowing I'll never return.

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Family Foundations

Mary V. Botten © more by Mary V. Botten

Published: April 13, 2021

There is a sold sign on the lawn,
In front of the house where I was born.
Our family home where roots run deep,
With connections to cherish, to hold, to keep.
So many memories etched within,
Though the images are fading, growing dim.
A tie remains, a bond never to break,
The time we shared not wishing to forsake.
Not wanting to let go of the hand we once held,
In a lifetime that belonged to another world.

Empty echoes in empty rooms,
Void of existence, silence in the gloom.
Clearing the house has been a difficult task,
Removing the possessions of our parents' past.
The heart and soul of the house had gone,
It remains just a memory, a distant song.
It is with mixed feelings that I bid farewell,
To our childhood home, now just an empty shell.
Part of our spirit will always belong,
Just like the chords of that distant song.

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Mary
Good to read your bio. I, too, have been going through a difficult time and find that writing poetry helps, if only to focus on something positive.

I'm so glad you commented on one of my poems, as it has led me to your own poems, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I very much like the photo you have put on your site and hope that one of these days you will let us have your bio. Very best wishes - keep writing! Ann

Thank you, Ann, for your kind words, really appreciated. I will endeavour to write something on my bio to accompany my photo taken on Bude beach, North Devon.

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