Senryu poetry, The old homestead left and forgotten

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Leaving memories behind

Old homestead silent

Once alive with children's play

Bustling energy

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Weeds kneehigh unkept

Windowpane cracked and askew

Housepaint chipped peeling

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Chimney bricks aslant

Billowy wind free of smoke

Covered in green moss

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Tin lizzy rusted

Rubber tires nonexistent

Resting quietly

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Watermelon patch

Dormant embedded thicket

Grass brown and dying

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Old potbelly stove

Unlit on sagging back porch

Warmth unneeded

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The family gone

Leaving memories behind

Homestead forgotten.

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manatita44 2 years ago

Very nice and beautifully painted.


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The Examiner-1 2 years ago

Interesting Ruby. It is a beautiful poem which is so true. I voted it up, share and pinned it.

Kevin


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

Beautifully done, Ruby! An eternal song for a life long gone.


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MartieCoetser 2 years ago from South Africa

Beautiful! I remember how devastated I was when I went back to my childhood valley - down memory lane - and saw homesteads forgotten, or occupied by people who cannot afford living in the new developed areas. What is regarded today as new and modern is so often only ancient ruins in 30 years.


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello Ruby. I shared this on Facebook and Tweeted it. You are very soulful with this one. This great nation has undergone many changes. These homesteads laying empty is one of many 'shames' in our history. You have presented this with beauty.


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Brilliantly written and such a lovely photo. Memories are golden and such times gets one thinking about their lives in the past.


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ubanichijioke 2 years ago from Lagos

this takes one back memory lane. Most houses are so especially when the children are all grown. lovely reminiscence!


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epbooks 2 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

How beautiful. I loved my childhood and always look back with a smile!


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Manitita, thank you for a lovely comment.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Kevin. happy you enjoyed. Thank you for sharing....


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Bill. I drove out in the countryside and saw several abandoned farms/homes. It makes me a little sad to see what was once a home with a family. Thank you...


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Martie, i know the feeling. I live just twenty five miles from my home where i grew up. The house is still there but looking pretty bad. Thank you for coming. Hugs.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Mike, i agree. I hate to see farms abandoned. There are no little farmers left. I live in an area where farms are huge and they live in luxury. Thank you for sharing...


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

DDE, i like to return to yesterday sometimes, life was more laid-back. I love your comment, " Memories are golden. " Thank you....


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Thandy. Time passes so fast. It's good to take the time to look back and remember the good times when you were a kid, Thank you...


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello epbooks. How wonderful that you loved your childhood and looking back brings a smile. That's the way it's supposed to be.. Cheers.


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ImKarn23 2 years ago

So so sad, Ruby...

Maybe bittersweet is a better word...

Stillllll..sad..

hugsxx


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Hi Ruby…

This is excellent! Your imagery is superb and creates the vision with emotion so well. Voted up, +++, and sharing, dear Ruby. :-)


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Levertis Steele 2 years ago from Southern Clime

Often, when I pass or stop to think on an old homestead, I, too, imagine the life that once lived there. I relive it according to the fading artifacts and conditions left behind. Sometimes I take pictures, then, I move on. I almost always experience a feeling of melancholy.

If my home grows older, and is one day abandoned, I hope that my garden beds will have grown outrageously wild. I hope the garlic and mints will have reached the woods. Maybe any fruit trees will yet yield tasty fruits. Hopefully, passersby who happen to stop will enjoy their choices of herbs or fruits. Maybe they will say, "This was the home of someone who loved growing things." That would be right!

Thanks for sharing such a sentimental poem and giving me a chance to think about the possible future of my own home.


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BlossomSB 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

Lovely poem and picture. It's always sad to see a home left to ruin. It happens here with whole townships in the outback sometimes.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

this poem could have left me sad, lonely, nostalgic, i dunno.. how to feel.. so it did its job..Old potbelly stove

Unlit on sagging back porch

Warmth unneeded

descriptive


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Lesley. Bittersweet is a good description of an old abandoned home. I always wonder what happened, funny how it makes me feel sad. Thank's my friend..Hugs


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Genna. The poem is just a visual image of an old farm that i passed while driving out in the countryside. Thank you for seeing that, and thank you for sharing.. Hugs,,


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Levertis, what a lovely outlook! I would wish the same for my home. Your comment made this piece less sad. Thank you so much for coming by to read and comment...Cheers.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Blossom, i see more and more of these homes that's been left to rot away, how sad that whole towns are abandoned too. I guess people are moving to the cities for employment. Thank you for coming by...


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Frank. One old home i passed by had an old potbelly stove sitting on a sagging back porch, so i worked it into the poem. Thank you for a wonderful comment..


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marcoujor 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Dear Ruby,

A tender, respectful and soulful tribute to our history...you have a beautiful way of keeping memory alive and well with your work.

Voted UP and UABI. Lovely style...Love you, Maria


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Mar, so good to see you. Thank you for a beautiful comment. I know how busy you are with your class this time of year. I appreciate you. Love you too.


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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

Just beautifully done Ruby!!!!


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jhamann 2 years ago from Reno NV

Beautifully written Senryu! I enjoyed this very much, thank you for sharing. Jamie


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Thank you Audrey, so glad you enjoyed.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello jhamann. Nice to see you on my page. Thank you for your beautiful comment..


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epigramman 2 years ago

Always great words dear Ruby from such a wonderful writer, good and loyal friend and yes most esteemed colleague. Thank you for blessing me with your presence in my life and for loving George J. like I do and for being such an awesome team player and cheerleader for the rest of us - lucky ones , we are , to know you. Sending sincere warm wishes and good thoughts at Canada time 5:23pm from Colin and his Krazy Kats


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

Beautiful Ruby, I always feel sad when I leave a house an move, I feel as though it knows, so this makes perfect sense and yes its so poignant, nell


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Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

Oh so beautifully created as only Ruby does.

A great poem and sending you loads of love from Wales.

Eddy.


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

Ruby, this is beautiful with a keen sense of sadness. Still, the echoes of love remains.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

I watched George's funeral on video, i must confess i cried as if he were family. Thank you for warm wishes and good thoughts, sending both back to you and the babies. You made my day shine. Thank you. I still miss you, hubpages lost a friend to many.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

I feel the same way Nell. The homes we've lived in has a lot of our memories. Thank you so much..


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Eddy. Thank you for the loads of love from Wales. So nice to see you on my page...Love and hugs my friend.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Jo. I do feel sad every time i see an old run down home. Hopefully it was a happy family who moved on to a better life. Thank you. I love your comment, " The echoes of love remains. " Beautiful!


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truthfornow 2 years ago from New Orleans, LA

People move around so much these days . . .the idea of a homestead is really nice and sad to leave behind. But, the memories we take with us. Wish all the abandoned homes could be occupied. Many people need places to live.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

You brought up an excellent point, many are honeless. Wouldn't it be great if every abandoned house could be made livable? Thank's for stopping by truthfornow.


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Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

The haunting visage of a home gone to disuse, yet the imagery is also somehow comforting to me. Wonderful use of description.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Thank you Larry. So happy it was comforting to you. Thank you much...


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Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago

Ruby, you didn't just write a poem

You painted a picture with each word

Of children's laughter no longer heard

Of days long gone by

Even beneith the glorious sky.

Voted up, UABI and shared.


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Harishprasad 2 years ago from India

Ruby, I come from a mountain village and most of the people of my village, including me, have left the village for green pastures elsewhere, in different cities of India. Only a handful of people reside in the village and houses of the people gone are in a very dilapidated condition, just as mentioned in your very fine poem. I can relate to this poem as whenever I visit my village, those forgotten houses tell some fantastic nostalgic tales, even old ancient trees speak a lot. Wonderful poem ! Voted up.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Shyron. Happy to see you again. Your comment brought a smile. I would love to be able to paint a picture, i've tried and it's hopeless, no talent for sure. ha..Thank you my friend...


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Harishprasad, Happy to meet you. I know it must bring sadness when you see your home village abandoned. Some small town here in my country are slowly dying. People must go where they can make a living. Thank you for telling me about your homeland....Peace..


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

You write with the heart of a poet - This is so nostalgic and beautiful. I feel this way when I pass by a lone brick chimney along the highway in the crumbled remains of where people once spent their daily lives.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Thank you so much Peg. Your comment is so generous and heartfelt. Thank you. Good to see you.....


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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

There is so much beauty here in your descriptions of things--emotion flows from them


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rebeccamealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Such great sensory descriptions. Good job!


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Audrey. So glad you found beauty here. Thank you for expressing it. Hugs my friend.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello rebeccamealey. Happy to meet you. Thank you for the follow and the the great comment.


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lisavanvorst 2 years ago from New Jersey

Beautiful and sad at the same time. Look forward to reading more.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Lisa. I love doing senryu poetry, i'm so glad you enjoyed. Thank you much...

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    I am a writer of poetry and fiction. I especially love flash fiction. My name is Ruby, and I live in Southern Illinois. I am a retired R.N.



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