“Her house”*

July 31, 2016

Her house - Jessica Bloom
2016 Merit Award
By Jessica Bloom

My kids call this their house.
They are almost right.
But it is hers.

She brought her baby
home to this house
one hundred years ago.
new baby, new house
Eleven children have grown
here. Mine are next.

I haunt these rooms
somedays
a living ghost
happiest in the space
that is mine for now.
I am a caretaker
of children, patients,
spouse and house.

My children will grow.
I will be gone.
And it will still be her house.
Her house, our home.

. . . . .
*Copyright 2016 by Jessica Bloom. Broadside illustrated by Christian Smith.

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One Response to ““Her house”*”

  1. Jan Pierson Says:

    HER HOUSE is my grandmother, Sue C Boynton’s house. I first heard the author read it at the Awards Ceremony and my heart didn’t stop beating until afterwards when I met her. How poignant and wonderful to hear such words coming from the newest family who lives in Her House. Another doctor taking up residence in the place of my dearest memories. God Bless you Jessica Bloom and your family who find peace and life in Her House. And Congratulations on winning.
    Kind Regards
    Janet (Boynton-Crook) Pierson


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