Moonshine and Marshmallows

We toured his workshop in late September.
Amazed at homemade decorations for December
waiting to color the town with his skill.
He led us next door to a moonshine still.

He introduced us to the owner of the instillation
who explained the process of distillation.
She gave us sips of homemade brew
We took no more than two.

Our host enjoyed show-casing his small town
The Memorial Park where we walked around,
The firehouse where our photos were made
led us to remember a fire pit where we stayed.

We crossed the quiet street
searching marshmallows for the evening's treat
Entering a small grocery store
We saw what we were looking for.

We left with fixings for s'mores
the afternoon's buy from one day's tour
What more fun could we ask for
than Moonshine, marshmallows and a guided tour?

Family-less Room

I recently read of a family-less room

built for an absent family.

Have they moved?


children gone?

Why family-less?


Large screen TV hangs black against the wall.

Battered recliner sits upright.

Couch pillows hold no one.

Coffee table is bare.

The room is dark and silent.



The kitchen comes alive twice a day.

Two cook and eat there.

Dining room serves no one.

Front door stands locked.

One of four bedrooms slept in.

Adding to family-less-ness.


Larger family no longer visits.

Two living in the house avoid

the family room holding happy  memories.

Sadness overwhelms them.

How long can they ignore the room?

Should they sell?


Do rooms of a house experience loss

as those who live within their walls?

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