Archived: Family Room by Karen McCurley-Hardesty


Unshagged red carpet:
hole at the bottom
of the stairs
from sledding accidents.

Brown television:
Channel U, Rabbit Ears,
Fuzzy pictures

Yellow paisley couch:
Treasures inside
Headstands and wrestling

Grey walls:
Finger paint and crayon
Cross-stitched marriage license


Shiney Pergo floors:
Green geometric rug
No running

Black television:
Remote controls
More channels

Gold and Red couch:
Sit still and quiet

White walls:
Taped to the cross-stitched license
A picture of a strange woman
“Kathy: Woman of the House”
Written in mom’s neat hand