Interior Decorating

Love the drawings on the fridge! Photo credit: brendan-c (Flickr)

Crayoned sheaves adorn the fridge
in magnet-clipped bouquets–
stick-man family small to big,
gulls, sharp peaks, some yellow rays,
smoking chimney, circle trees,
tulips sprung from scribbled green…

An engineer, Dad tweaks the tilt,
saves straggling papers now and then.
Mom might shuffle tints to match
her curtains or her tablecloth–
but doesn’t. It’s heart, not art
that yields construction paper glory.

Fancier house just down the road from mine. Photo credit: a4gpa (Flickr)

A suitcased pilgrimmage away
another house of glory stands.
Family scenes dot its walls, too–
Shepherd, angels, holy lands,
fishers, lepers, pioneers–
sketched by children’s hands.

He might make the lines run truer.
She might make the colors glow–
but the harmony they’re after–
the perfect smiles and laughter–
is deeper than lines, whiter than hue
not about things, but who.


About Daniel Hardman

Software architect and tech blogger: ~ Author of fiction, poetry, sci-fi, fantasy: ~ Twitter: @dhh1128 ~ GitHub @dhh1128
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1 Response to Interior Decorating

  1. Daniel says:

    I submitted this poem to the Ensign magazine in late summer 2012. No response.

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