Tuesday, June 08, 2004

~*~ Empty Houses ~*~

Poor house ... poor, lonely house
?Where did your people go
?Why did they leave you alone like this
?Is there any way to know
So colorless and desolate
Pathetic, sagging place
Wretched and forsaken
.Standing only by God's grace

!One more storm ... and POOF ... you're gone
Though I s'pose it doesn't matter
Shingle by shingle and board by board
.You'll soon be wholly scattered


Oh, aging house, if you could talk
The stories you could tell
What went on within your walls
.Before you became a shell

?How many generations lived there
?How many can you recall
?How old are you? When were you built
?How many babies crawled down your halls

?So, why were you abandoned
?Who left you alone to die
There surely must have been a time
.When love and laughter were inside


?Who stripped you of your finery
?Or looted things considered plain
When vandals raped and took your pride
?Did you protest in pain

When they painted mean things on your face
?Did you shudder? Did you cry
Was that when, poor little house
?You just gave up and died


You know, houses aren't just houses
All started out as homes
Once they all held families
.Of their very own

But, boarded up and clueless
No sign of who lived there before
Who knew who was first or last
.To go in or out those doors

Empty houses are like empty hearts
They make us sad and blue
Hearts don't last long when love has gone
.And empty houses give up, too

~ Virginia Ellis ~

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