the house.

so much was in him
for many years
he was strong
and faithful
to them all

over time he faded
his joints creaked
and ached
but he was brought back
by the ones he loved

in thunderous roar
and cold snowy eve
through hurt
and sadness
he was there

the old man
comforted them
sheltered their
tired bodies
against the world

even when they
were apart
there he was
waiting patiently
for all of them to return

away they go
soon to build
new lives
and dreams
and loves

forever he stands
in their hearts
and memories
for the next
to come to him

his arms open
ready to love them
and keep them safe
from the cold and sadness
the roar and the hurt

j-

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