What He Built

by soberflight

What He Built

There was a beautiful home

Where an empty lot now stands.

A family used to live there,

But it’s passed through many hands.

A father built it for his children

With sweat and nails and board,

With occasionally an addition,

Just what he could afford.

Years later, late one summer,

With his children by his side,

In his own home and his own bed,

That loving father died.

He’d kept the roof in good repair

To keep his family dry,

But when his children saw it recently

All they did was cry.

The last owner thought it better

To just let it sit and rot,

It fell to time and weather,

Now it’s just an empty lot.

But after all it was nail and board,

The children shouldn’t’ve cried,

For the better thing their father built

They all held deep inside.