I meant to give you a new roof,
have the tree branches trimmed,
and add on a big deck in the back.
I wanted some stylish front doors,
insulated windows, brighter lighting,
central air, a new hot water heater,
hardwood floors in the living room,
another toilet, a better shower stall,
and ceramic tiles for the side room.
I planned to paint the foundation,
pave the driveway, fix the doorbell,
power wash the siding and shutters,
and put up a white stockade fence.
I talked about more counter space,
bigger cabinets and a dishwasher in
the kitchen we rarely use for cooking.
I dreamed about a finished basement
with a party room and flat screen tv.
I thought I’d plant a dogwood tree,
a row of forsythia, and a lilac hedge.
Here we are, it’s twelve years later,
I have to say I’m sorry for the little
I’ve done for you, to help you improve,
to make you stronger and better too.
Someday I promise to make it up to you.