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The Black Bakelite Phone

A single curtainless window, illuminates the dark panelled hall,
the grandfather clock in a corner, standing elegant and tall,
A black Bakelite phone sits on a white marble stand,
the only furniture remaining, in this house once so grand.

The phone starts to ring, the clock gently chimes,
like a maid sounding a dinner gong, its telling us the time.
Footsteps echo around, the grand corridor,
treading heavily on, the highly polished oak floor.

The wind starts to howl, and rain is beating down,
branches and leaves are falling, onto the sodden ground.
Decorative shutters rattle, their rusty hinges squeak,
the light fading rapidly as the storm reaches its peak.

The hall is in darkness, apart from the marble base
the phone has stopped ringing, and footsteps start to fade.
This house so full of character, has only hours to live,
years of pleasure and enjoyment, that it still can surely give.

But the final morning comes, and all the charges are set,
the clock starts to chime, as if paying its last respect.
People start to gather, to say goodbye to this grand old house,
modern apartments cant replace, a house so full of grace.

The plunger depressed, the old house starts to fall,
as dust starts to settle, you can hear a workman call.
Everything has fallen, everything raised to the ground,
everything but the black Bakelite phone, sitting proudly on its stand.

© Richard Veal. 3rd October 2010.

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This came to me while visiting Barrington Court in Somerset.
Here is the picture.


  • Sandra Cockayne
    Sandra Cockaynealmost 4 years ago

    Wow! an excellent, interesting write Richard! How sad for the house but a point made by the Black Bakelite Phone!!!! I like, I like very much! Instant fave! S:)x

  • So pleased you like this Sandra, and many thanks for the fave also.
    Its very encouraging, especially that I dont do a lot of writing.
    I hope you enjoy your day.

    – Country Pursuits

  • naturelover
    natureloveralmost 4 years ago

    Wow! well done you! this is a fascinating piece of work Richard-so descriptive- love it!!

  • Many thanks Pauline.
    It is very nice to get the encouragement especially as I dont do a lot of writing.

    – Country Pursuits

  • Sandra Cockayne
    Sandra Cockaynealmost 4 years ago

    You should do more and post them on here – I’m sure you’d get a good response, based on this great write. I think you might be nicely surprised! S:)x

  • I have a few on my other account. :-))

    – Country Pursuits

  • Sandra Cockayne
    Sandra Cockaynealmost 4 years ago

    :))))x will go and have a look see, presently Richard! S:)x

  • hootonles
    hootonlesalmost 4 years ago

    I read this out loud to my wife, she thought, as I first did, that it was a long standing piece of professional prose. It is an excellent piece of writing. And it goes well with your photo

  • Wow. Great compliment ‘Les’. Many thanks to you and you wife.
    Very much appreciated my friend.

    – Country Pursuits

  • Julesrules
    Julesrulesalmost 4 years ago

    just came to this from your photograph – Super piece !!!

  • Thank you Jules for the lovely comment.

    – Country Pursuits

  • Twisted01
    Twisted01almost 4 years ago

    Just wonderful Richard. Great inspiration my friend. Lovely work indeed, both words and artwork.

  • Many thanks Jay, and for making it a fave.
    Glad you like it.

    – Country Pursuits

  • Bel Menpes
    Bel Menpesalmost 4 years ago

    Nice work

  • Thank you Bel. This came to me just after I took the pic.

    – Country Pursuits

  • Judi Rustage
    Judi Rustagealmost 4 years ago

    Excellent work. Very descriptive :)

  • Many thanks Judi. You will have to wait till tomorrow
    now before I submit another work with writing to accompany it. LOL.

    – Country Pursuits

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