Transformations - Poetry

Harold Garde: ‘My House’

Posted:  Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 12:00pm

When I was a child
I lived in a tree
and not just any tree
not an ordinary anyone can see tree
Mine was a tall tree
a very tall tree
and I lived so high near the top of the tree
that no one, nobody could see me

When I was a child
I lived in an igloo
Not just an ordinary everyday one, but an igloo
with a warm sun inside
It had a wide screen at the dome
and on that screen
I could see stars that spelled out my name

When I was a child
I lived in a house
a house made of candy
And every piece I ate
was replaced as soon as I ate it
with a new piece
and always as good

When I was a child
I lived in the future
I saw the boy who could beat the bullies,
I saw the boy who could fly
and oh how swiftly and surely
I could fly
Birds would join me
But no bird could fly faster

When I was a child
I lived in a house that had so many rooms
with so many doors
That I could run from room to room
no one could catch me
to make me eat what I didn't want to eat
or drink down to the bottom of the glass
I ran from room to room
and no one could catch me
to put me to bed

When I was a child did I see
him? That quiet old man
that man who is me

Harold GardeHarold Garde splits his time between Belfast, Maine, and New Smyrna Beach, Fla. He is a painter with work in permanent museum and significant private collections. He is the subject of several art films that have been broadcast on Public Television in Florida, Maine and Wyoming, including one in the ongoing Maine Masters series. His play, The Rec Room, was selected and performed in the Maine Fifteen Minute Play competition and later at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida.

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