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I want to be the home of whispers,
the house of dripping water and blooming
plants, the shelter of childish drawings
and books with broken spines; I want to
hear the gossiping mothers tell their gossiping
daughters how my home is full of fresh air and
the feeling of watching a sunrise in a new country.

The windows would all be open, gauzy and
bright curtains billowing in the breeze
the high rise would always have, and no door
would have a lock and some doorways would
have no door; music would drift to the
pavement below and everyone would hear
the crooning voices of men with diamonds for
teeth and the plucked strings of instruments that
are known for nothing but love songs created
for lovers who do not live anymore.

I want to be the off-key singing of my mother,
her eagerness outshining the scattered notes
she knows she cannot pass through her throat,
the vintage loveliness of her albums wrapped in a
faux modern progressiveness; I want to be
the call of the morning and the kiss of the night,
the pink of the dawn on days that are not the weekend
and the purple of the dusk during full moons.

The neighbors would all know me as the friendly
stranger, oddly welcoming to anyone willing to
trade a good story for good food, and they
would speak fondly of the dancing to absolutely
nothing at all; there would be skirts in the winter
and scarves in the summer—the sky and the clouds
and the child who insists that a lion hides in its' 
whiteness an everyday comment to accompany my
many days where everyone speaks in sly glances
and brand new vinyl records and breathless giggles.

I want to be the home of good mornings and
good nights; the home of beads, of drapes, of
worldly treasures; the home of lemonade in January
and hot chocolate in July, of holiday candles during
everything but the holidays; I want to be the home of
never-ending music, of a beat that helps the neighbors
below to wake, of a melody that persuades the neighbors
above to dress up for a day inside, of a harmony that
invigorates the neighbors down the halls to move and skip
and twirl and do more than simply be.

And everyone would know the home full of laughter
and love and friendships, even when it is empty -
even when I do not live there anymore.
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Given 2017-09-13
the witch's house. by hedonophobe

hedonophobe's poetry, full of mythical tone and lovely, inviting lines draw in a reader and make them feel as though they should never let go. ( Suggested by saevuswinds and Featured by BeccaJS )
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PolarAnemone Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
What a lovely read. :) Congratulations on the DD, so well deserved!
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What do you have against the weekend XD
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LostGryphin Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Very beautiful - I love the imagery.
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Koahara Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats on the DD!
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NinjaOfLight23 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
This story is just magnificent. Very vivid inside one's head and heart warming at that. Beautiful.
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derpsalot3 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2017  Student General Artist
I Love this! <3
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DanaTheGhost Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2017
This was amazing can I make a video reading this?
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hedonophobe Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Oh, I'd be absolutely honored! Please, go right ahead.
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BrendaCarriere Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
In your poem, you are all that you want to be.

I love how the images flow in free association, so dense it calls up a sense of a house cluttered with little signs of love and warmth. And the end, the melancholy end, is just the perfect turn to shut off the flow of images and leave a marvelous whole.
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PennedinWhite Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
A beautiful read. It warmed my heart.

Congratulations on the DD! Well deserved. ❤
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hedonophobe Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much - for the compliment and congratulations. I'm so incredibly happy about this development!
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PennedinWhite Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Excellent :) And you are most welcome!
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EricVonSchweetz Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Congratulations on the DD!
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hedonophobe Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Oh, thank you so much! This is so amazing.
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Sleyf Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful poem!  Be sure to check out the other features sharing the Monthly Round-up!

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CreativelyAddled Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
There is something very magical about this piece. I love the imagery of it and how you build a sense of nostalgia. There's a universality to it that I can't quite describe and I just love it.
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saevuswinds Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2017
What a mythical tone! Very lovely poem you have here, the imagery and story is so inviting and a pleasure to read!
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DC-26 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2017
I appreciate the urban feel ingot from this, with the high rise. 
It's not the first image that comes to my mind with the phrase "witch's house," and that just serves the poem's theme perfectly. 
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Sleyf Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What a beautiful poem full of wonderful imagery, I think it's great how you managed to think up so many comforting and varied descriptions to truly create something different yet inviting
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Weidenlied Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2017  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is so utterly beautiful, just capturing that feeling of "home" for me. The vivid imagery is simply stunning, and I
can't express the love for all these pictures this created in my head. Also, kudos for portraying the with as a friendly, if
a little odd, lady. Amazing!
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oviedomedina Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2017
This is amazing!
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PatchworkLynx Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2017   Writer
this is amazing, truly :heart:
i can't even choose a favorite line
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autumn-spirit Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2017
wow so visual! I love the descriptions and the subtle rebellion in this, of wanting to be different. It's very warm and comforting :)
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