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Ekphrastic Free Verse ~
This Old House
John Daleiden, US
Old Farm, Dunn
County, Wisconsin ~
Are there ghosts
here now that could tell
tales about the lives of people
who inhabited this old house?
Undoubtedly, they were farm folks—
a man, his wife and their children—
oh, lots of children, their voices
raucous with laughter, their play toys
scattered here and there in each room.
But nothing is left—the windows
smashed long ago...the door missing...
the floor joist rotted and sagging...
the roof of the summer kitchen
fallen in...debris littering
the once tidy floor where women
cooked and served family meals each day.
Who knows what happened in this house?
Did the wife hang white lace curtains
in each window and sweep the floors
with the care of a matriarch
destined for the oblivion
of forgotten generations?
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