Renovation of a house is a kind of rocky romance
the love affair promises, the trust breaks up and the
disappointing sub-contractors woo but fail to consistently deliver

Scrawled over-budgeted promises ~ bids never staying true to quote,
as insturance companies give every excuse not to pay
not to mention tolerating intrusive nosy neighbors

The painter filled the house with oil pain miasama as scratchy 
religious programming blasted in Spanish on his paint-speckled 
battery operated radio

This old house has such good bone structure
a smiling wrap around porch and the echo of wicker chairs rocking
as long gone elders’ laughter lingers in the air . . .