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Topic: The Family Home (05/29/08)
TITLE: I Don't Want A Mansion In Heaven
By Mariane Holbrook
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On streets paved with untarnished gold.
The mansions we passed were imposing and grand;
Almost too recherché to behold.
A Tudor homeâs herringbone brickwork,
High chimneys and dormers galore,
Its tall mullioned windows and steeply pitched roofs
Spoke clearly of gracious décor.
Beyond that, a great âAntebellumâ
Surrounded by white picket fence,
Had pillars, hipped roof and elaborate frieze,
But strangely devoid of pretense.
I turned to the guide who was with me,
âYou said I could choose what I please?
Of those that Iâve looked at, I doubt if Iâd feel
At home, sir, in any of these.
âI wonder if there is a hillside
Away from the elegance here;
A house I had hoped could be mine for all time:
My âhome placeâ Iâd always held dear.
âIt sat on a beautiful hillside
With views of the meadows below.
The house was unpainted and needed repair
But that was a long time ago.
âInside was a warm, friendly kitchen
Where cookies were baked with great love.
An oil cloth covered the oak table top
And a fly paper hung from above.
âWe slept under quilts in the bedrooms
And listened to katydidsâ song.
Thereâs nowhere on earth as endearing as this
For this is the place I belong.
âI donât need a mansion up here, sir.
I know all my familyâd agree.
If I could just have my small house on a hill,
Now that would be heaven to me.â
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