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Life prints

Updated on January 3, 2012

Life Prints

by A. Gagliardi

                        LIFE PRINTS

I. The fresh bud


The newness of life beginning.

Fresh painted walls,

newly refinished floors,

sawdust & plaster

fresh from renewal of someone else’s house.

We make this home our own.

We imprint ourselves into the essence

of this space we begin to occupy;

Add our needlework---our own creations.

Add the fragrance we wear, the detergents & food smells

unique to our time and place.

We claim our new possession.

But it, too, claims us.

II. Full Bloom


This house is alive!

The sounds of laughter and running feet echo off the walls;

The smell of sweat-socks and fresh-baked bread

mingle with the smell of

crushed Dandelions and ready-to-be changed diapers.

Windows and walls display

small finger smudges and preschool art.

The never-ending dirty clothes pile

lurks beside a machine

that is never still.

Furniture moans,

but bears the burden

of growing, boisterous children.


III. The Last Petal Lingers


Even now,

After all the children are gone.

Their life prints,

linger still---

Kept alive inside these walls that cradle jelly stains & crayon.

Their life-smell has permeated

the very foundation.

Their laughter and cries whisper from dimmed corners.

Chairs creak with burdens inscribed.

And you’d be wrong

if you thought this house had died.

It’s still ALIVE

with life-prints


our children are like butterflies

They fly from flower to flower.
They fly from flower to flower.
The grasshopper among the daisies.
The grasshopper among the daisies.


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      agaglia 6 years ago


      thank you for your response. I hope you read more.

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      Annie Fenn 6 years ago from Australia

      Life prints, so precious, beautifully captured as fresh buds, in full bloom and as the petals fall. Our families through the years. The life prints remain, the smudges and stains on the walls and in our hearts. An awesome piece of work, Agaglia, thank you so much, I have enjoyed this immensely and reflected.

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      This is such a heartfelt and so descriptive a poem! The sensual experience of the smells and feels of the house are quite real and vivid. I love it! Thanks for sharing!

    • agaglia profile image

      agaglia 8 years ago

      I need to find some photos of my roses for this hub.

      Check again next summer!


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