Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Just down the road... around the bend,
Stands an old empty barn; nearing the end.
It has sheltered no animals for many years;
No dairy cows, no horses, no sheep no steers.
The neigh of a horse; the low of a cow;
Those sounds have been absent for some time now.
There was a time when the loft was full of hay,
And the resounding echoes of children at play.
At one time the paint was a bold shade of red;
Gradually faded by weather and sun overhead.
The doors swing in the wind... the hinges are loose,
Windows and siding have taken a lot of abuse.
The fork, rope and pulleys lifted hay to the mow,
A task that always brought sweat to the brow.
But those days are gone; forever it seems,
And that old barn now stands with sagging beams.
It is now home to pigeons, rats and mice;
The interior is tattered and doesn't look very nice.
Old, abandoned barns have become a trend,
Just down the road... around the bend.
Vance Olipant, Cedar Rapids Iowa.
"I am 75 years old and find it heartbreaking to see what were once vibrant well-kept barns, slowly falling into ruin. I have tried to put my feelings to verse."
Some of my best memories of my childhood were in an old Kansas Barn. I was so happy when Carol chose our Theme of the month, as I love barns, old and new.
Be sure and share your barns with us at our Flickr sight.