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This house I built

with its painstaking

concrete masonry,

cell upon cell,

irrevocably ages,

silvering, softening.

Regular maintenance

takes longer now

and the nightly ritual

washings and lockings

consume me.

What is fortune

among fading flowers?

What is wisdom

when the wind howls?

Is it the wind?

Sandra J. Lindow ( lives on a hilltop in Menomonie, Wisconsin, where she teaches, writes, edits, and competes with wildlife for rights to her vegetables and perennials. She has six books of poetry. The Hedge Witch's Upgrade, her seventh book, is presently in the production process. Read more at You can find more of her past work in our archives.
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