Faded Barn

A faded barn
set back
from the road
unnoticed
except for
a photographer lugging a tripod,
a poet lugging words,
several nests of mice,
pigeons looking down from the rafters,
a cranky possom,
and three cats,
two black,
one orange.

Once it held
a rhythm of draft horses stamping away flies,
rangy Holsteins ready to let down their milk,
tightly wound bales of hay,
a succesion of cats,
and a farmer dressed in overalls
carrying hope as a shield against
drought, grasshoppers, and hail.

On this winter day,
it hunches down as if on knees
that are hundred-year old weary
and giving out.
Though tormented by the wind’s insult,
it keeps its secrets
and
quietly
waits
to
fall.

Faded Barn

Jing3011

Joined August 2007

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