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First Line: So we went back to my old girlhood home
Last Line: But serving well its purpose -- binding old and new.
Subject(s): Homecoming


So we went back to my old girlhood home,
Where we were wed, and dug up evergreens,
Shrubs and roses Mother grew. The loam
Sent fragrant memories of other scenes.
From the old caved-in hearth we took a stone
To bear a sacred motto for our own.

We put Grandfather's chimney in our wall
For strength and beauty (also to make sure
Grandmother's four-post beds and all
Her other precious things would feel secure!)
Our floors of oak, pine-paneled walls -- why these
Have been our life-long friends -- they were our trees.

We planted vines from sweet familiar places --
The woods where we had roamed; from graves that hid
Our absent loved ones' dear remembered faces...
This home new-built but still a pyramid
Of memories. Fresh mortar, yes, quite true
But serving well its purpose -- binding old and new.





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