A Firm Foundation

Not much remains of an old stone house near the shores of Willow Lake, Prescott, Arizona.

Around the stone foundation, weeds and grasses grow.
Somewhere in the distance, I hear a mocking crow:
“You thought your house would stand here for all eternity,
But it has turned to rubble, as you can clearly see.”
I turn from the foundation in sorrow and in grief;
The crow and its bleak message have brought me no relief.
I seek a weeping willow, and there I make my bed,
And let the willow’s tresses cool my fevered head.
Revived, refreshed, and ready, I plan another house
A place to welcome strangers, and even the stray mouse.
Upon a firm foundation, I’ll build my house anew;
It will be a resting place for pilgrims just like you;
A place where song and laughter bind humans each to each,
In bonds that can’t be broken by hurtful, hate-filled speech.
And when the journey’s over, and day has turned to night,
My house on its foundation will still be shining bright.


Poem and photo © by Magical Mystical Teacher

Posted on August 26, 2020, in Arizona, Poets & Storytellers United, Prescott and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. That sounds so good. What a reassuring poem MMT.

  2. This works beautifully whether taken literally or metaphorically. I like the calm certainty of the culmination.

  3. I enjoyed this … a recommendation ~ build on top of bedrock.

  4. This is so wonderful to read and contemplate. We all need to pitch in and build such a house, where all are welcome. Let’s silence the haters with our dazzling positivity. (I do get tired, though, of trying to hold up under the weight of their rhetoric.) I hope this poem gets many readers.

  5. Beverly Crawford

    Beautiful poem. That last stanza speaks to my heart!

  6. I really like this. The last stanza, in particular. It put a huge smile on my face.

  7. Those loving bond will surely maintain a sturdy foundation
    Happy Wednesday. Thank you for dropping by my blog. Stay safe


  8. Filled with optimism and hope

  9. Kestril Trueseeker

    Wisdom gained from past mistakes can make a strong cement for those future foundations.

  10. We need more of these to be built. A house like that resonates with hope and friendship.

  11. I enjoyed this one very much, especially the weeds, mocking crow and weeping willow, which remind me of my garden, and the hopeful determination in the plan for another welcoming house.

  12. enjoyed the poem!
    i like the rhymes and the strong message of the poem. 🙂

  13. Loved this, MMT. It suggests hope.

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