Please come inside
and kindly leave
your shoes at the door by
the mat that says "welcome".
Allow me to show you
the living room.
There's a lot of things here
in this little place I've got
but for now please take a seat
on the sofa I so adore.
It's comfortable, I promise.
I see you've noticed
a few photographs,
I've taken the initiative
to put them up as decorations.
They're beautiful, aren't they?
One of them is a portrait
that depicts a happy family.
Another one here is from
a birthday party for my niece.
She was three then
and now she is almost five.
She reminds me of times
where I definitely felt alive.
There's some artwork here aswell,
they inspire me everyday to think
despite the times where I'd rather not.
This is room is always here for me
because it is all I got,
I think about this place a lot.
Anyways, please come with me.
We can move on to the kitchen
where we can sit and share tea.
This is nice, isn't it?
Thank you for coming by.
Take the chair on the left,
we've got a few hours to waste,
isn't that right?
I hope I cleaned up enough...
I try to keep tidy
just in-case somebody happens
to stop by just like yourself.
Anyways, here's your cup.
How are you feeling?
Where did grow up?
If I'm completely honest,
today I feel a lot better with you here.
I'm from South Carolina,
a tight-knit place of love.
Do you have any kids?
One with another on the way?
I see, that's a true blessing.
You should always keep them
close to your heart when things get hard.
I don't have any kids yet,
honestly I wouldn't know where to start.
What's on your mind?
You're stressed out right now?
You're in a tough patch in school?
College getting you down as you
chase after a degree?
I know it may be difficult,
but know you have a friend in me.
What College do I attend?
Actually, I'm not currently enrolled.
I thought about it, but some things
came up back home that made me rethink.
Maybe I'll go one day, but who knows?
By the way, what are you majoring?
Oh, you're going into law?
That's an admirable aspiration,
with me I don't know what I want yet.
I'm working a job that recently
has drained me of my "youthful" energy.
Don't laugh, I get it. I'm so young.
I understand I'm only twenty,
but it's more of a figure of speech.
This home I built for myself
sustains me well at times,
but sometimes I miss home.
I miss where I grew up
and what I used to know
but sometimes you just have to
find a way to let it all go.
I'm sorry, I didn't mean
to make the conversation
all about me.
You want another cup?
I've got plenty of tea,
I'll pour it up.
Don't worry about it,
I appreciate this talk.
Not many people come by,
I haven't seen a genuine soul in years.
I just sit most of the time watching TV,
thinking about how I got here.
You've got a nice smile,
I hope you don't mind me saying.
It's very warm, it almost makes me
forget how I'm slowly decaying.
Forgive me, a bit of a dark joke.
No need to thank me,
I like to make people smile.
I like when people come by
so I feel something a little more.
Nobody should be alone all the time,
wouldn't you agree with what I'm saying?
Oh by the way,
we talked on the phone some time back.
I just wanted to apologize
for being a little bit short
and possibly pretty awkward.
I love getting that random call,
but sometimes it catches me off guard.
I'm a little shy, I admit.
Haha, I'm glad you understand.
Ever since I created this home,
it's felt like a dream.
Like this isn't so real
and things aren't what they seem.
I have to leave a lot of times
and dust seems to pile up.
The real world can scare me a lot
and sometimes I wanna give up.
Sometimes this house I'm in
doesn't even feel real.
I appreciate the kind words,
thank you for the compliment.
I'll try to stay strong like you say.
Oh, you have to go now?
You forgot that you have a class at three?
Forgive me for taking your time,
you may go ahead and leave.
I know you're really busy
and I'm borderline anti-social,
but feel free to come by any time
you want to talk or need something.
I'll be here any time.
And you're welcome for the tea,
just be sure to close the door behind you.
Goodbye, I'll miss you.
I went at this piece differently. I took a different perspective. I packed so many different pieces of my life and my experience into this poem, including one big revelation. This is my "home" described out in words. "You" is the reader. Thank you for reading.