Week 2

Your House

By Lynn Ungar, CLF minister for lifespan learning, from her book Bread and Other Miracles, available at


Your house has 1000 rooms.

Every closet, drawer, cupboard,

box and bin opens up

onto another world.

You might think that

after half a century

you would have dusted

every familiar corner,

but look! The medicine cabinet

swings open on a garden

in France. Beneath the kitchen

table an African safari

sends antelope racing

over your slippered feet.

The spare room closet

contains worlds known only

to the imagination.

So many years

have already passed.

There is only time left

to explore.