Going Back To My Roots

Going Back To My Roots

It was a nightmarish street I had known many years before,
My recollection brought tears of things I could not ignore.
In that wooden frame home I once lived when I was a child,
There were events of sadness and pain of not so very mild.

A hanging door was once an entrance to a life of untold stories,
Full of unhappy days of loneliness and of lack of food worries.
Mother often sick and gone to the hospital in need of personal care,
A father struggling to meet the problems of life that he was unaware.

The tree in front of the house has scars of tragic events taken place,
Once I fell from the high branches and tore up my childish face.
A broken arm I hid because no money to see a health provider,
The pain endured for months because the need made me a fighter.

Dust once blew from the dirt road along the way to high school,
Windows wide open to let in the air to make the inside a little cool.
Ketchup on white bread while dad worked hard to come home at noon,
Worked hours to pay bills and playtime with us was gone real soon.

Parents had no education so homework was lonely and very hard,
Crime all around us so we had to be alert and always on the guard.
Covered holes on the wood to keep the cold from coming inside,
Discussions around the table were short as in each we confide.

Mother and father divorced when my brother and I were teens,
They stayed together long enough knowing to provide the means.
Memories of our first house still exist as the wind blows in and out,
Just came by to educate my kids of how my pass was all about.

My wife is gone as life ended for her as I walk alone on wooden floors,
I shall shut and nail all that I can as I finally close the falling doors.
This place was once a home for me and time has eroded it by far,
Only this time I have the pleasure of going to my new home in a car.

Going Back To My Roots


Harlingen, United States

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