Right Sized for Just Enough

All of us fish in one pond

The house I’m building in my head
Is either very small
Or big so it excludes no one,
An ark that holds us all.

But since I don’t know everything
And others would build, too,
That fancy house would have to be
Quite small–just what will do.


Linked to dVerse Poetics hosted by Sara McNulty with the prompt “DIY building”.

Photo by the author, “All of us fish in one pond”

Author: frankhubeny

I enjoy walking, poetry and short prose as well as taking pictures with my phone.

49 thoughts on “Right Sized for Just Enough”

    1. The fish are from a botanic garden we visit. I guess the location of the small house in my mind would have to be in an area where there were botanic gardens and forest preserves. We sort of live in that situation now.

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    1. Those Hobbit homes in the Shire from The Lord of the Rings look to be about the right size and that is only because the Shire seemed like a pleasant place to live. Thanks!

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  1. My wife & I have had an empty nest for a decade, but sometimes a child + hubs & kids, will move back for a time, while houses see, or vacations are had, I figure, for the prompt, dream big & assume if I had the dough to build it, I’d have staff to clean it.

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    1. I like your tree house and dome approach. I was originally thinking big and then it occurred to me: someone will have to clean this, but that’s what staff is for. Where we live now is probably perfect. It’s a well-built town home and the neighborhood has a large library, botanic garden, forest preserves, cafes, restaurants, shops, parks, good internet and there’s this rather large lake a bicycle’s ride away.

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    1. I don’t know why I included that picture of those fish. I think it was because they looked crowded but happy together at home in their pond. Thanks for the DIY building prompt!

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