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Douglas, Alaska, United States
I have lived in Alaska since 1978, having come to Juneau as a Jesuit Volunteer. I fell in love with Alaska and now live on Douglas Island with my husband and two dogs.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

You Asked What My House Is Made Of

You Asked What My House Is Made Of

My house is made of dust and dog hair
Of freshly washed clothes, unfolded
Of dishes in the sink from a good meal
Of things strewn about with reckless abandon

My house is made of quiet and noise
Of a guitar strummed at midnight
Of a dog barking upstairs
Of a dog barking in our bedroom

My house is made of fun house colors
Of dishes stacked on a FreeCycle find
Of doors painted the green of a Granny Smith apple
Of icons hanging on the wall

My house is made of laughter
Of the same old jokes told again
Of descriptions of people and things
Of conversations and confrontations

My house is made of love
Of a husband and wife
Of a daughter and son
Of two dogs
Of dust and dog hair
Of quiet and noise
Of fun house colors
Of laughter
Of love

(With thanks to Mary Lauren at My 3 Little Birds for the inspiration)


  1. What an adorable cottage! I especially love the red metal roof, the windows, and the American flag!

    1. Thanks Donna! Next time you visit Juneau, we will have you over for dinner!

  2. I love that you were inspired to write this! Thank you so much for sharing it with us.

  3. This is beautiful. I received my gifts and needless to say, I love them. Our Lady is directly in front of where I write. Thank you again so very much!

  4. Beautiful words.
    A lovely house too.


  5. You caught my attention at "dust and dog hair". Sometimes I think there is more dog hair in the trash can than there is dog. A beautiful poem - thanks.


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