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Same Stars, Different Houses

by Wynne Huddleston

We planned to run away, but never did. I
lived as a hermit in a new brick house full
of doors, sisters that shut me out, a nagging
mom who did everything, and a dad
who was miles away at work, or at home
booming, Don’t do this! or Why did you do

that? You, my friend, subsisted in a house
of ill repair, with a present, but miserly father
who favored sons over daughter. Your mom,
imposing Cinderella chores, had been taken
by your father’s uniform and promises
of seeing the world. Now a bitter,
middle-aged woman, who’d yet to cross
the ocean, was stuck in an old house with no

plumbing. But it was lovely once. It hugged us
with its wrap-around porch, it intrigued us
with its hole-in-the-roof skylight
above your bed. Whenever I’d spend the night
we’d lie there looking through it and wish
for a man who would promise
those same stars to us.

Wynne Huddleston lives in Little Rock, Mississippi, and is a music teacher, member of the Mississippi Poetry Society and a board member of the Mississippi Writers Guild. Her poetry can be read in over 30 publications, including Birmingham Arts Journal, Southern Women’s Review, Stymie Magazine, Camroc Press Review, From the Porch Swing, The Mom Egg and Halfway Down the Stairs. Visit her website to find out more about her .

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  • Marcia Mangina (Kay Bell) / April 23, 2012

    I love you, your writings are incredible, you are a breath of spring air, so talented and genuine. I am very honored to know you and appreciate your many talents and most of all your beautiful Heart and Soul.
    Thank you for sharing with the world your wonderful gift.
    You are a Blessing from God.

    I Love you,


  • Wynne / April 24, 2012

    Thank you, Marcia! You are very kind. I do want to point out that I love my wonderful family–parents and sisters! This is just a moment in time from a child’s perspective.

  • Barbra Lynch / November 28, 2012

    “I” was one of those sisters. I never knew just how wonderful you were until I grew up. You are a shining star in my eyes and heart.
    I love you.

  • Lynn / November 29, 2012

    Hello! I don’t know you but I wanted to stop by and say what a lovely little poem!

  • Ralph Gordon / November 29, 2012

    Wishing you the best. I have seen your work progress and am very proud of you. Makes me feel good to see Beulah Hubbard person succeed as a writer.

  • Ralph Gordon / November 29, 2012

    I have seen you come alive as a writer the past few years and am very proud of you and happy for you. You are also a great asset to the Mississippi Writers Guild. Best wishes.

  • Donna Smith / November 29, 2012

    As your sister, your poem is awesome, like you…but it is upsetting how you viewed your childhood. Very creative and special regardless.

  • Donna Benway / November 29, 2012

    Awesome job. I am glad that Myke sent me =)

  • June / November 30, 2012

    Awesome poem, Wynee!
    I’ve come to appreciate the talent it takes to write poetry.


  • Richelle Putnam / November 30, 2012

    Awesome, awesome. Your words capture me and take me to places I remember, too, as a girl.

  • Carla Westbrook / November 30, 2012

    As usual, you’ve managed to bring a smile to my face, Wynne. I’ll always wish the best for you, and I’m mighty proud you are one of “ours”!
    Your Friend, Carla

  • Wynne / December 3, 2012

    Thanks to all who voted for my poem and love to my wonderful sisters Donna and Barbra.

  • Emory D. Jones / December 5, 2012

    Wynne is a fine poet and wordcrafter.

  • William Romaine / December 5, 2012

    How very odd that no half an hour before reading this.
    I shopped for and purchased two skylights.
    Without any insight whatsoever…
    I think now I’ll view them differently.
    Thank you!

    • Wynne / October 1, 2013

      thanks for reading!

  • Sandra Bounds / December 6, 2012

    Congratulations to the NUMBER ONE NOMINEE for a Pushcart Prize for your poem, “Same Stars, Different Houses,” an absolutely captivating piece of writing. What a talented poet you are!

  • Susan Marquez / February 27, 2013

    I love this! What a true talent…