Renovations 1

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My house was loud

full of exciting colour,

noise of entertaining

voices gathered frequently.


Fancy dress partners

danced in yellow & purple

creative spaces where words

poured like leaking taps.


Suddenly it needs a facelift,

a new skin – beige blandness

to allow for another, writing

their personality on a clean slate.


No distracting touches of brilliance,

nothing that would scream ‘Mine!’

The fresh new look will be sparse,

quiet – Bali knick-knacks replaced


by exercise machines marching

across my lounge to a new beat;

resale value and everyman wants

erasing all memories of trees...




Frances Macaulay Forde © 2004

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Frances Macaulay Forde

Tue 23rd Apr 2019 18:47

I'm pleased you like it, Rachel.

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Frances Macaulay Forde

Sun 14th Apr 2019 07:56

Why thank you, Keith for your comments - greatly appreciated.

And both you and Jeannot for the flowers.

Admittedly, I had trouble blending his Magnolia (everyman wants) tastes with my bright surroundings and ended up creamy. We made it work but are still renovating - 15 years later. 😃

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keith jeffries

Sat 13th Apr 2019 07:38

I thoroughly enjoyed this as I have endured several renovations in my life time. I have always regarded them as an opportunity to begin afresh, to enter into a new and different episode in one´s life. My room at Oxford many years ago bears no resemblance to what now surrounds me in my present abode. Only one piece of advice, I should like to offer......magnolia is the best wall covering as it endures and can tolerate whatever is placed against it.

Thank you for this.

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