Ode To My Sister’s Basement

Oh, basement beloved and dear
Home after home’s loss
New space for my gear

A place for a workshop
A new rescued dog
A nice open floor plan
A good place to blog

The ’70s paneling
The occasional leak
I don’t mind the fix-ups
When the place is so cheap

A back door and patio
And huge back yard to boot
A bird room and flight cage
My real tweeps love

I’m blessed and I’m baffled
By the way life can be
Divorce is a “D” word
I never dreamed that I’d be

But when life takes a turn
Toward the worst tragedies
A miles away family
Would come rescue me

I’ve got it so good now
I may never leave
My sister’s been thinking
I’m her newest Pet Peeve

I’ve developed a pattern
to keep hanging around
I shovel the walks
When there’s snow on the ground

I do handyman things
When things need to be done
I fix the computers
When bits come undone

I load the dishwasher
Which I find oddly fun
And don’t play my drum set
When the day should be done

I may stay up nights
And be a little too loud
Watching Lord of the Rings
Or downloading the Cloud

But my sister is patient
And puts up with a lot
Not just cuz I bribe her
With treats that I bought

We have a good system
This family of mine
We care for each other
At the least little sign

This basement is just
one of many great riches
I’m fortuned to have
besides non-sagging britches

And so basement I thank you
for the home you provide
And to God for the blessings
Life sometimes can hide

And now that I’m finished
with this little post
I think for an encore
I’ll offer a toast

For all of the homeless
And less fortuned than I
May more blessings greet you
May your hurt spirits fly

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  1. #1 by Mary H. Kurtenbach on March 2, 2012 - 10:50 AM

    I admire your positive outlook. Perhaps I need to take a closer look at my little space.
    Hmmm…It might take a little more time…
    Remember, you worked hard to make it your little home.
    And I think you older sis quite enjoys having you around (as does your little sis).
    Don’t forget the other job you have around here…referee (sorry).


  2. #2 by Anonymous on March 2, 2012 - 12:34 PM

    I love your “Ode to my sister’s basement” because again our lives seem to be on a parallel journey. I too have my own space in the basement, thanks to the love and generosity of my daughter Collette and my son-in-law Jamie. I may not have the handyman skills you have, but I do have some, thanks to your training I can identify a number of tools, how and when to use them.

    I do bring my own unique skills: I pet sit, cook, I have a full refrigerator and pantry at all times. My grand-kids love my cozy little place, because we are close and can interact with each other at all times, even if we are all doing different things, cooking, crafting, playing games, or playing with my pets. Life is good and I too am blessed, and you said it best.


    • #3 by Joseph M Kurtenbach on March 2, 2012 - 1:34 PM

      Yeah, it’s a good thing my sisters don’t know what a terrific and prolific cook you are, or I’d be out on my tuckus. They’d trade me in in a heartbeat. (I’m just kidding, but I know they’d be thinking about it.)

      Anyway, I’m glad you have a great place with family, too. Just keep your wily cooking skills away from my sisters and there won’t be any trouble.


  3. #4 by twistingthreads on March 3, 2012 - 2:16 AM

    There is so much warmth and familiarity here. A great family can really lift a person up, and I’m glad you have one! Here’s hoping life sends more joy your way, and your wish in the last verse comes true.


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