Disaster DIY

broken home


It’s not broken.

Just needs a coat of paint

and some appliance


Children raised here

will not grow

crooked backs or

necks or

morals or

hearts. Give them

extra birthday presents

and they’ll be fine

breathing in the dust

of our broken dreams

and bearing the


of our renovations.

17 comments on “Disaster DIY

  1. I’d love to see a longer version of this. You crack open some big issues and could really dive in. This is great, Melody.

  2. Great poem Melody, it gives so much to think about.

  3. RoSy says:

    Sad when parents think they can buy their kids with material things. It’s their parent time & attention that they need. I see this too close to me all the time & it makes me sad. I’ve even said my peace – but – what do I know?

    • melodylowes says:

      That’s how I feel, too. I guess we live well in our own little corner, raising our babies to be well-loved and satisfied with the things that are truly important – and contribute in little ways where ever we can. I like to think that I give my little students a good piece of myself, and hope that it makes a difference for those who really need it.

  4. What a picture to bring the message home!

  5. Caddo says:

    Wow, this is ouchy truth, isn’t it! Great poem, Mel–5-Star!

  6. we certainly are houses~ I kept picturing what kind of home am I; what art and music and books are crowding Heavenly things out. Very good subject to turn the lights on in midnight sleepless nights. Faithfully Debbie

  7. A wonderful poem Melody. Sometimes in life it’s easier to destroy than to take the time to fix something with loving care. I can see so many things in this one poem, so many angles.

    • melodylowes says:

      Things in our society are pretty complex – this is just one angle, one little peek into a broken home, from the outside in. I’m highly gratified that you see some of the potential layers in the ideas behind the seed. Thanks, RPD!

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