This is the first poem in The Daily Poet, a column dedicated to modern poetry having an influence on the cultural expression of our society.
The Daily Poet publishes poems that attempt to reflect our personal experiences within the perspective of their greater cultural meaning as influenced by the constant changes of our modern times.
This first poem takes a more personal approach to look at one aspect of this experience.
In midwinter we purchased multicolor-splashed canvasses
To dull the white walls of our rental home from reflecting the snow.
We hung them all together in the living room facing each other
Where we would see them the most as we sat on our separate couches.
They made our old framed posters look dreary and outdated
But we kept them hanging around to fill the empty spaces.
The plush couches we had bought new a few weeks before
When the comfort of our previous hand-me-downs had worn out.
Yours stretched far enough for three but you were perfectly comfortable alone
And I could sleep from head to toe on those nights when we wanted space.
We made our home picturesque and when the landlord held open houses
We were the perfect model couple to show potential buyers.
Young, a little artsy, modern, everything that influences unusually hip college graduates,
They asked if we were married yet and if hardwood floors were beneath the carpet.
The snow came in record numbers that winter as we watched it on TV
We observed it come down out the window and shoveled it away the next day.
In summer, our lease would end or maybe the house would sell
And we’d move on to find some as of yet unknown rental home.
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