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A House Breathes Through Its Bones

A house breathes through its bones,
Its summits sit like sentries;
Though rafters decompose-
It never denies entry.

Its ghosts lie in their beds,
Soft earth beneath their memory;
The shutters firmly closed-
The past seen only dimly.

Submitted: Friday, June 03, 2011
Edited: Wednesday, August 10, 2011


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  • Smoky Hoss (11/6/2013 3:05:00 PM)

    Neil said it perfectly. The gentle flow like air through lungs gives life, melancholy as needs must be, to these words. Beautiful writing... as always Patti.

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  • * Sunprincess * (11/6/2013 8:44:00 AM)

    I agree with eric, and also like a nice pair of well worn and cared for jeans :)

  • Neil Young (11/6/2013 5:58:00 AM)

    Its not often I find a poem of this quality here. Gentle flowing. The opening line is perfect. The subtle rhyme scheme is very effective. Metre and rhythm is spot on. I rate this a 10. Thank you.

  • Leslie Philibert (11/6/2013 5:24:00 AM)

    Ok, don`t understand why you don`t use the rhyme scheme in the second verse.

  • Veeraiyah Subbulakshmi (11/6/2012 8:07:00 AM)

    the feelings that many people from other culture go through, when they walk on the banks of Thames River! Sometimes ancient is too scary!

  • Deva De Silva (11/6/2012 1:41:00 AM)

    I saw the old house and the sleepless ghosts. Images... good write.

  • Jim Troy (8/10/2011 4:02:00 AM)

    How hauntingly beautiful and brings that lonesome vision of a loved servant
    left behind.............. I enjoy the way this one is opened up to our
    far distant view (dimly) to see and enjoy.

    ....................................Jim Troy

  • Eric Cockrell (8/6/2011 8:01:00 AM)

    yes, ... very well put... old houses are like novels waiting to be read!

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