Hope House


After the land, the basement
comes first. All you need
is muscle and cement,

a little plumbing, framing,
wiring—kitchen, bath, and at most
two bedrooms—you keep it

cheap and simple because
probably it’s the depression
and you don’t have a dime.

(It ain’t a hope house
anyway unless you live low down
and hope for something better.)

Then the roof goes on—flat
and a foot or so off the ground,
with tiny windows. Some folks like

a peaked roof, but it ends up
looking like a regular house drowned
in dirt—so don’t put on

any airs, just pour some steps
and throw up an entry,
like a lean-to standing there.

Utah used to be full of hope
houses—places where you could live
indefinitely if things didn’t work out.


Purchase this Issue

Share This Article With Someone

Share This Article With Someone