Home – Karin Brittle

I stood there on the doormat, a stranger alone

Special thanks to Karin Brittle for her excellent offering to Voices and our poetry competition. Karin is a keen and talented writer who often draws upon personal experiences for inspiration. We are sure the themes contained within ‘Home’ will resonate with you, and we are very appreciative of Karin’s contribution.


I stood on the doormat, a stranger outside,

Looking in at their world, whilst quiet, wide-eyed,

The night, it was still, and the air calm and mild,

Nothing to hear but the sounds of the wild, 

The sky a deep blue with its moon shining bright, 

An ethereal glow, that lit up the night,

There I stood frozen whilst time, it stood still,

In front of the house, built proud, named Anvil,

Fixated on something I’d not seen before,

I looked through the panes, of the glass in the door,

I stared up and down, at the neutral décor,

And marvelled the sight of the real oak wood floor,

For two minutes I paused and gazed right on through,

Into the hallway, the lounge, and even the loo,

What, I do wonder, have those four walls seen,

The laughter, the fallouts and everything in between,

Romantic meals, and wine just for two,

To family gatherings and fun-filled barbecues,

I bet the Christmas tree lights sparkle gently at night,

Whilst they wind down for the eve, raising a glass to their life,

They smile at each other, in the soft candlelight,

Her legs rest on his lap, as he sits there upright,

They relax in harmony and let their hassles drift away,

Knowing all in their world is completely okay. 

Ahh the staircase I see, must lead to cosy bedrooms,

Where a baby sleeps peacefully, as midnight looms,

They’ll lay there tonight, tucked up warm, hearts content,

With dreams for the future of days so well spent,

With their loved one beside them, to have and to hold,

In the house they’ll stay fond of, until they grow old,

I stood there on the doormat, a stranger alone,

Looking in at a life that I did, yet did not own.

Karin Brittle, 27, Cambridgeshire 

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