"Ode to My Basement"


"upon looking into my basement window"

Dark, damp, dirty basement.
Paint cans carefully littered about you.
The window painted by cobwebs.
Leaves decades old sleep lazily on your floor.

Basement of my childhood, you scared me.
Unknown creatures lurked about you.
You bore a litter of kittens once.
I kept one for a while and named it something silly.

Look at you now; old, smelly basement.
You are on bottom and no one likes you.
Your tears make the house smell.
Your water heater's broken again.

Simple basement in your ugliness I see beauty.
No basement but you could ever suit me.
-- Patrick Callihan