home builder sonnet

if one drafts blueprints for a lovely home
you must consider every detail well,
for family and friends to feel welcome
and when you leave the property will sell.

place windows to allow natural light
yet insulate to conserve energy
do you want doors a standard width and height?
should you design with perfect symmetry?

plan how to best use space in every room
a basement or a second floor include?
back deck or outdoor patio presume
to bring fresh air and set a pleasant mood

’tis folly if foundation’s not secure
stability of residence… be sure!

True for building a house, a life, or a nation.  Join the follies at dVerse  🙂

33 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Tricia Sankey
    Oct 28, 2020 @ 14:53:31

    This is very true. The house may look great until the rains come and it floods from all the foundation cracks. Sometimes it requires more work to fix a foundation than fixing other smaller details that we get hung up on. A good metaphor for society to remember!


  2. freyathewriter
    Oct 28, 2020 @ 14:06:56

    I really enjoyed the feel of this. What a lovely way to impart common sense!


  3. memadtwo
    Oct 28, 2020 @ 06:20:38

    What’s not seen is often more important than the embellishments. I like the build up to the ending. (K)


  4. Jane Dougherty
    Oct 28, 2020 @ 04:37:49

    What reads at first like sensible advice for those who only want to make a maximum of profit from a future house sale, has turned into a cautionary tale on the folly of unbridled selfishness by the end. Good one!


  5. Francis
    Oct 28, 2020 @ 03:33:37

    Nicely done, it’s almost like an allegory of the human condition, especially today.


  6. Ingrid
    Oct 28, 2020 @ 02:37:56

    It sounds like you have things well planned out. I think such a property could be a fine family home and sell well afterwards!


  7. rothpoetry
    Oct 27, 2020 @ 22:04:08

    Very well written Lynn. Sounds like you have experience in designing and building a house. You are right all that is folly without a good foundation!


  8. Dora
    Oct 27, 2020 @ 21:49:26

    Lynn, I like the way you methodically walks us through the finer points of constructing a house just to remind us of the need for a solid foundation. Without it, all else is folly indeed! (Nicely constructed poem!)


  9. hank77
    Oct 27, 2020 @ 21:06:45

    ’tis folly if foundation’s not secure
    stability of residence… be sure!

    Sometimes the basics are found wanting and the whole endeavor is compromised!
    Wonderful sonnet lynn!



  10. Becoming His Tapestry
    Oct 27, 2020 @ 19:04:31

    Love this, without that firm foundation, the building will fail


  11. sanaarizvi
    Oct 27, 2020 @ 18:30:53

    Foundation is everything when it comes to both.. building a house and a relationship 💝


  12. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Oct 27, 2020 @ 15:59:07

    Oh yes… you cannot have it all without a solid foundation.


  13. msjadeli
    Oct 27, 2020 @ 15:52:41

    Lynn, important considerations for “a house, a life, a nation.” It reminds me of my year of anatomy and physiology in college (pre-nursing that I never went on to become a nurse with) my professor always emphasized “complementarity of structure and function.” A home built on folly might be fun in the doing, but will it shelter you in the long run?


  14. Lucy
    Oct 27, 2020 @ 15:41:24

    Very lovely piece here, Lynn. Without a set foundation, as you imply, it will all fall down. Excellent writing.


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