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Heim by Moriah LaChapell

A home filled with clutter.
The floor of solid planks
made of fir from forests
harvested in 1950.
The wood is deep brown.
Warm during winter
and cool on bare feet
during our brief summer.

My husband says
it’s a mill house
named from when
people lived in small homes
and worked in mills
making things, hewing beams
and burning sawdust in stoves
to keep warm in winter.
The stove is gone now
a remnant pipe
peaks from the roof.
You’d have to look
awhile to notice.

Our sink is ceramic
navy blue and deep,
so deep you could bathe a baby
or wash your hair
easily on a summer evening.
The kitchen wall paper
is decorated with
woodland strawberries.
Fragaria chiloensis
The small, sweet ones
of childhood memory.
Someone glued
the paper so carefully.
I am afraid the house
would notice if we
removed it. Like ripping off
a band aid,sometimes it’s better
to keep the kitsch
of old paper and glue.

Our little living room
has one couch,
and a cluttered bookshelf.
Filled with books
set aside to read, always later.
And old tattered paperbacks
from bath time reading
before she was born.

On the wall hangs a pencil portrait
of my Mother. Drawn as a wedding gift.
The portrait of my Father is lost.
She smiles, her eyes twinkle
through the gray pencil lines
and it’s as if she’s always with us.

A home, a small home
filled with clutter
and simple love.

Born in Oregon, Moriah LaChapell earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Western Oregon University. She also studied Viticulture at Washington State University. She currently works in horticulture. She lives in a little town in Oregon with her daughter and husband. She has been published in various print and online journals.

Her work can be found at

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