The house on the middle of the street© – A Poem by Felina (8/15/16)

The house on the middle of the street©

Copyright 2013

By Felina Silver Robinson

You walk up to the house dead center on our street

It appears cheerful and happy on the outside

Aligned with flowers and small trees

Even a bench for sitting and a bird bath to keep you watching

It’s warm and inviting

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The stairs cry at each step until you reach the top

You open the screaming screen door and you wonder

If it is a warning for what may lie ahead

But the entry way is so homey

Filled with flowers and the smell of lilacs in the air

You are peacefully encouraged to continue towards the front door

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Greeted with a smile and such a feeling of warmth

You are happy to enter

Despite the cheery entry

There is suddenly a lack of wholesomeness

Not from your hostess but by the house itself

It seems not to want you there

But you wonder if this feeling is just you

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You begin to wonder as you sit in the living room

sipping your herbal tea

The room suddenly gets colder even though it’s 70 degrees

You can’t explain the feeling

So you just try to ignore it

But your tea-cup stars moving while in the palm of your hand

Your skirt is now wet

Your hostess offers you a quick change

You answer no thanks

I think I have to be going

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You gather your belongings quite quickly

You leave quicker than you came

You leave without thanking your hostess

Oh what a shame

The front door slams itself behind your

The stairs cry louder as you run past them

You don’t bother to look back

Henceforth you decide not to walk that street again

But you find yourself wondering for a moment if it might have all been a dream

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My poem was inspired by one of my favorite songs.


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