What makes a house a home?
Is it the neighborhood?
What about a big garage,
Or nice floors?

What makes a house a home?
Is it the number of
Cars in the drive way?
The size of the bedroom closet?

What makes a house a home?
Energy efficient windows
And a new roof put on
Within the last year?

Red brick exterior and
A fireplace? A privacy
Fence and a shade tree
In the back yard?

No. A home is defined
By the memories
Made under that roof,
Inside those four walls.

A home is made by every
Bandaid applied to
Every scraped knee obtained
On the back patio.

A home is made by every
Bed time story told
In the dim glow of
A nightlight.

A home is made by every
Sweet embrace shared
With the love of your life,
As well as every bitter tear.

A home is made by every
Fight or argument
And how we always make up
No matter what.

A house becomes a home
When the people inside
It decide to make it one.
We are what makes our house a home.

  • Author: charlesbarrett (Offline Offline)
  • Published: July 24th, 2017 07:30
  • Comment from author about the poem: I wrote this poem as my family and I go through the process of selling our home and looking to buy a new one. Leaving the only home our daughters have ever known is bitter sweet. But we are what makes our house a home.
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  • User favorite of this poem: Fay Slimm..


  • Goldfinch60

    Home is what any house becomes when the family move in, it can be hard to leave a particular house but that is all it is, a house, a home is that place that is found when families move in.
    Good write I hope your move goes well.

    • charlesbarrett

      Thank you for the kind words and well wishes. Glad you enjoyed it.

    • FredPeyer

      Charles, you said it all, and very nicely I might add.

      • charlesbarrett

        Thank you for the kind words, Fred. Glad you enjoyed it.

      • Renzi

        Home is where the heart is ❤ lovely poem. Good luck with the new house 😊

      • Fay Slimm.

        Your poetic expressions on home bring the reasons for those four walls to life - - caring and kindness along with love stay locked in a house as the years go by - a poem to keep and one of my favs. Thank you for sharing it - - and looking forward to reading more of your work Charles.

        • charlesbarrett

          Thank your for the kind words. And thanks for taking the time to read and comment. Glad you enjoyed it.

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