While walking to church some time ago,I was taken by this house — it had long since fallen into decrepitude & disrepair. Yard unkempt, looking forgotten. At church, I wondered about "this house"...and its' occupant...
While walking to church this morning I was taken by
It had long since fallen into decrepitude and disrepair
Mold all over the roof, fence falling down
Shades missing from the windows
And what appeared to have once been a garden
Now a huge assortment of overgrown weeds sprawling across the side yard
Encroaching upon the front, where there was a gate, which was hitched
About this house
Was anyone living there?
How many families had it been home to?
And then it struck me,
It seemed a house, rather than a home
With no one (of late) taking care of the roof, shutters, fence or lawn
All the accoutrements of a manicured, maintained and beloved home
It looked as though it had been forgotten, a long time ago
Surrounded on all sides by beautiful houses with beautiful landscapes to match
There sat this house
A beautiful eyesore!
I could not tell.
But, it was a lovely house, even in its' fallen state
Not nondescript, but with a personality of its' own
I have always loved old, abandoned homes or farms
You know the kind
Houses that are frightening apparitions in themselves
Inhabited by who-knows-what?
The kind that adorn Halloween cards
With dusk settling and ghosts and bats flying out of the windows
And Jack-O-Lanterns on the porch
This house was a perfect Halloween card house
Perhaps fearful at night
But, beautiful during the day
And sad; provoking
It looked lonely, this house
In need of inhabitants
In want of love, care and attention
Like it was missing its' family
Or maybe was inhabited by a shut-in
Who had been forgotten also?
At church, I wondered about this house
When houses fall into this state
They are usually waiting to be torn down or sold
This house was long past that point
Looked to be a hundred years old or more
I said a silent prayer at church
That this house
Was not home to someone
Who was as neglected as their residence.
Copyright 2014 — Elaine M. Mullen — "Parnassus — A Collection of Unusual Poetry" www.greenogress.com
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