Let’s start here
in a house that is ready for company.
Here, the dust bunnies that hide
under furniture are wrangled,
800 thread count sheets ready
to stretch out over a sofa sleeper.
Here, the sidewalk is swept and I wonder if
I might plant pansies or petunias like the neighbors.
I bet visitors expect a few petunias.
Here, I keep a few sodas I don’t normally drink
and there are places for four butts to sit
in the living room and around the dining table.
Here, where the kitchen cupboards
hold service for eight
just in case.
There’s a hook for every coat to hang
and a spot for every shoe to rest
on a braided rug.
What color shall I paint this room?
What color would make them feel at home?
What color would make them stay here a little longer?
Copyright Cynthia Berg 2017