The lone Sentinel- A challenge by Bill Holland-AKA Billybuc

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The old rugged fireplace standing alone and so majestically tall

Concrete bricks chipped and worn, some lying quietly against the old stone wall

The memories it must cherish held within the hollow wall inside

Mom, Dad, Timmy and Susie, Grandma Millie and Grandpa Bob, Sammie their beloved dog who embraced the happy family until the sad day he died

The fireplace kept the family warm and cozy so many winters yore

It kept the homemade bread warm wrapped in cheesecloth just outside the old hinged door

It popped corn for many years, with lit candles emitting a scent, a celebration of happy cheer

It kept an iron pot of water warm hanging from the polished hearth

It kept the newborn babies warm after each joyful birth

The old home place stood for a century after the family left their earthly abode

Until a tornado swept it away one dark march day, wooden shingles ripped apart covering the old country road

The Fireplace refused to surrender standing tall among the fallen trees

Today the trees returned to give shade to the lone sentinel, caressing it with their soft summer breeze.

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billybuc 22 months ago from Olympia, WA

That was lovely, Ruby! You packed a lifetime into a few short lines....perfection in brevity. Well done! Thank you for taking part in the challenge. I truly do appreciate it.


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always exploring 22 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Bill, so glad you approve. I loved writing it. More challenges please! Thank you..


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tillsontitan 22 months ago from New York

Oh Ruby what experiences you told us about in such a small space, Bill is so right. The life of the family and the home. Of course your choice of song/video is perfect.

Voted up, awesome, and beautiful.


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dahoglund 22 months ago from Wisconsin Rapids

That is a nice poem, Ruby. It does well in focusing on the fireplace and its life cycle..


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Lady Guinevere 22 months ago from West Virginia

I could have been there as well as you gave the description. Then the tornado. We do not get many tornadoes here but we get what is called Straight Winds and they actually twist trees off their trunks before they fall.


DJ Anderson 22 months ago

So sweet, Ruby.

I have not heard the "Green, Green Grass of Home" in a long time.

It make one think about how quickly we come and we go, but there are

some things that do not succumb to age quite as quickly.

Your story is lovely.

DJ.


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mckbirdbks 22 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello Ruby - Hey you are an Elvis fan - who knew (I think everyone.) You have spun a nice tale. It is strong and rich with the right amount of image building.


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Jodah 22 months ago from Queensland Australia

A brief but delightful story/poem, Ruby, in response to the challenge. I loved Elvis' version of Green Green Grass of Home and the pics with it...brought back memories. Voted up.


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Homeplace Series 22 months ago from Hollister, MO

Thanks for sharing your vision of the Lone Sentinel... ;-)


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sallybea 21 months ago from Norfolk

Short and sweet, thanks for sharing your take on this fascinating challenge.


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annart 21 months ago from SW England

Beautiful poetry! I enjoyed the walk through the history of this fireplace and now it's being looked after in its turn. Lovely.

Ann


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Shyron E Shenko 21 months ago

Ruby, this is so beautiful, in this I see my own family when I lived with my grand parents, in the house that had two fire places.

Voted up, UABI but mostly Beautiful. Loved it.

Blessings and Hugs


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always exploring 21 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Mary. I'm so happy you liked this. I love challenges. Thank you..


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always exploring 21 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello daghoglund. I wanted to focus on the fireplace and tell the story about the family and how much the fireplace added to their life. Thank you..


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always exploring 21 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Lady Guinevere. Nice to see you. I've never seen a wind like that. We have tornadoes here, in fact one did some damage to my home three years ago. Thank you for reading and commenting..


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bravewarrior 21 months ago from Central Florida

Ruby, you've painted quite a beautiful picture with your words. A lifetime of love and warmth was supplied by that old fireplace. Its pillar of strength symbolizes the unity of the family that lived within its protection.

Excellent job of Bill's challenge!


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always exploring 21 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello DJ., when I look at the picture of Elvis as a child, I feel sad. They were so poor. I'm thrilled you thought this was lovely. Thank you..


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always exploring 21 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Mike. You of all people know that I love Elvis. Thank you for the card and video. I loved them both. Your critique makes me a happy camper. Thank you..


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always exploring 21 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Jodah. At first I couldn't decide if I was going to write a short story or poetry. Rhyming is what I love to do, so I went with the poem. So glad you enjoyed the video. I was an Elvis groupie and still am. Thank you..


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always exploring 21 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Homeplace Series. You are welcome. Happy to share. Thank you..


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manatita44 21 months ago from london

A great poem! You used the memory or reminisences idea excellently, and you gave that Lone Sentinel a beautiful conclusion. Happy week-end, Ruby.


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manatita44 21 months ago from london

A great poem! You used the memory or reminiscence's idea excellently, and you gave that Lone Sentinel a beautiful conclusion. Happy week-end, Ruby.


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always exploring 21 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Sallybea. I just read yours and I loved your beautiful story. Thank you for coming to read mine..


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always exploring 21 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Ann. I'm so glad you enjoyed my take on this. Thank you...


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always exploring 21 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Shyron. I'm so happy you could relive old memories through this piece. Thank you so much. Hugs..


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always exploring 21 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Shauna. I'm thrilled! Thank you for a beautiful comment...


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always exploring 21 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Manatita. I didn't grow up in a house with a fireplace but if I had, I'd like to think we had the good times as this family. Thank you for a beautiful comment


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tobusiness 21 months ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

Ruby, this a beautiful poem. What we love will always live on. The sentinel, although broken and discarded, is no less loved.


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always exploring 21 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Jo. I love your comment and I believe that too. Thank you so much...


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clivewilliams 21 months ago from Nibiru

beautiful poem exploring


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AudreyHowitt 21 months ago from California

This is poignant and beautiful Ruby! I think you must feel on a deep level--at least that is what I get from your work! Smiles to you!


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Sara Sarwar Riaz 21 months ago from Michigan, USA

Stories of a lifetime summarized beautifully in a few verses. Well written and nostalgic.


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sujaya venkatesh 21 months ago

very good narrative


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DDE 21 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

You had a unique idea about this challenge and I did have four fire places but only used two.


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always exploring 21 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Clive. So glad you enjoyed. Thank you..


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always exploring 21 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Audrey. I guess I am a deep thinker. I love to write about happy families, that changes when my muse wants to take over and write about sad times in my life. I'm so glad you liked this. Thank you. Smiling back...


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always exploring 21 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Sarah. Nice to see you again. I loved writing this. Thank you for a well written comment. I hope everyone reads yours. It is a beautiful story. You are an excellent writer...


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always exploring 21 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello sujaya. Thank yo. Happy you enjoyed..


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always exploring 21 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello DDE. Wow four fireplaces, that's cool' I only have one and it's in the kitchen. Thank you....


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Faith Reaper 21 months ago from southern USA

Lovely contribution to the challenge, Ruby! I live in a state where tornadoes are the norm, and I have seen the destruction they can cause. Glad the fireplace still stands tall as a beacon to all the love the family shared there.

Blessings


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pstraubie48 21 months ago from sunny Florida

Defiant, determined, trusted the sentinel stood after its loved ones left. A fitting tribute..they lived and it lives on for them.

For those of us who have had one of these in our past, this was a lovely journey back into time.

Voted up+++ and shared

Angels are on the way to you this evening ps


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Nadine May 21 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Congratulations you did a great job by telling the fireplace's own story. Well done.


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always exploring 21 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Theresa. I used to live in Missouri and the area was called tornado alley. We would spend many nights in the basement. Thank's for the lovely comment.

Blessings..


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always exploring 21 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Pstraubie. Yes, the fireplace was a true friend to the family. I'm glad it brought back memories. Thank you for sharing.


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always exploring 21 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Nadine. I'm glad you liked my focus on the fireplace and it's love for the family. Thank you...


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marcoujor 21 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

Nostalgic, warm and loving...such beautiful work, dear Ruby.


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always exploring 21 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello my sweet friend. Thank you for an enduring comment. Hugs..


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Genna East 21 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

Ruby, I almost missed this gem. (I’ve been hibernating during the past couple of weeks.) If the sentinel could but speak, it would echo your words with the life it helped to give and sustain…a beautiful response to Bill’s challenge. Voted way up and shared.


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always exploring 21 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Genna. I've been housebound for days. The snow and ice is treacherous and I'm sick of it! If it not for challenges, I would probably hibernate too. Thank you for a beautiful comment Sweet friend....

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