House and Barn

   we were younger
then, we've always
      been before.

      lost memories,
i don't know whose,
   in failing wood,

a family here before 
   summer sunlight 
blackened wood...

years followed years,
   sun beating down.
   they raised a barn.

   so far away from
      any little town...
clocks will run on

histories now
      might be
   forgotten.

      but ruins
left behind
   tell a story.

some passed
by this place
    and built.

18 thoughts on “House and Barn

  1. I can’t say for sure, obviously because I’m not familiar with the general architecture of your countryside, I can’t really tell if this is the barn side you are showing us. Nevertheless the contrast with the yellow flowered tree in the background makes a striking postcard. The dark wood looks polished, I’m not sure if this is from the sun.
    Countryside poetry somehow always brings us a sad and forlorn narrative even an eerie story. Harshly different to the harsh drum of neglected inner city poetry.

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    1. Thank you Abby!

      This is an abandoned house and barn. It is probably 150-200 years old. In this country the sun will blacken unpainted wood in a few years.

      Across the road is a more recent family home. It might be the same family. They may not have been at home.

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      1. I’m guessing that at least one family started here. There’s a newer house just across the road. I guess the family grew into the newer, bigger house. I hope there were lots of happy stories there too.
        πŸ™‚

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  2. This really strikes a chord with me, and as others have said, you evoke stories in the wind… I’d love to use this post as a starting point for a writing group session one day, if you don’t mind, Murray? I’m already entertaining various Barn Thoughts from my own hiStory …

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