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Scraping moldy wallpaper
easily peeled
we find a message 
scratched by pencil
on plaster: 

Pleas love this house
where Babys grew
So much joy!
before sorrow
When spirits call
pleas give
our Blessing

Might spook buyers
lower the value 
but pleas…
Over this spot 
we place glass, a frame. 
Not all flips are the same.

Joe Cottonwood has repaired hundreds of houses to support his writing habit in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California. He is the author of many popular novels for adults and children. His poetry appears in odd places all over the world including a billboard in London. His latest book of poetry is Random Saints. 

© 2022, Joe Cottonwood

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