This shot and poem were inspired by Billy

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I was inspired to put this up by Billy's recent shot.. My mother is 86 this year P.G. and every time we pass an old house she recites this poem she learned many moons ago, there are about six verses so I picked my favourite two
The House With Nobody In It
This house on the road to Suffern needs a dozen panes of glass,
And somebody ought to weed the walk and take a scythe to the grass.
It needs new paint and shingles and the vines should be trimmed and tied,
But what it needs the most of all is some people living inside

But a house that has done what a house should do, a house that has sheltered life,
That has put it's loving arms around a man and his wife
A house that has echoed a baby's laugh and held up his stumbling feet,
Is the saddest sight when it's left alone, that ever your eyes could meet.

29 responses

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield   gave props (28 Feb 2009):

    Awww....perfect poem for this shot; how sad to see houses like this in disrepair. Good capture, Eithne!

  • Warren ~Mangione~

    Warren ~Mangione~ gave props (28 Feb 2009):

    What a lovely poem and I wanna move into that house and fix it up. A house is a home that is a labor of love. I miss having my house and wish I had another. I see so many abandoned and feel the emptiness of those old houses. Nice shot.

  • Mayette Ignacio

    Mayette Ignacio gave props (28 Feb 2009):

    For me a house is not just a structure, a shelter where one seeks solace and security, love and care, it pains me to see abandoned houses, it pains me to hear, people destroying houses in foreclosure before abandoning them, if they will only stop and think of how they felt when they just acquired the house, how dear and precious to them it was once, maybe there will be no houses abandoned and destroyed intentionally.

  • david ong

    david ong gave props (28 Feb 2009):

    great one Eithne!!

  • Billy Houckham

    Billy Houckham said (28 Feb 2009):

    Lovely,really lovely Eithne.

  • Michael Ball

    Michael Ball gave props (28 Feb 2009):

    Beautiful poem!! Grand shot and tribute!!!

  • Nelson Campbell

    Nelson Campbell (Deleted) gave props (1 Mar 2009):

    What a wonderful pairing!

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (1 Mar 2009):

    Great photo and accompanying verses to a poem!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (1 Mar 2009):

    Satis House?

  • Lynn H

    Lynn H (Deleted) gave props (1 Mar 2009):

    Splendid shot and poem and tribute to your mom! Love it!

  • Judy Wanamaker

    Judy Wanamaker (Deleted) gave props (1 Mar 2009):

    You can see that this was once a beautiful home. In its abandonment, it has fallen into ruin. When I see a house like this, I always wonder about its history...the people who called it home. It is a sad monument to happier times. The poem is perfect. The picture is very well composed, and conveys the sadness . Great shot.

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (1 Mar 2009):

    I love the poem that accompany this house. They are so meaningful and sentimental. You did wonderful in capturing it in your photo.

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (2 Mar 2009):

    Thank you all for the comments..I'm glad i'm not the only one who gets sentimental over old houses and the folk who lived in them. And thanks to Billy for the inspiration!!

  • Aaron Mythen

    Aaron Mythen gave props (2 Mar 2009):

    This is fantastic I always loved this house and could never understand how it could be left in such a state! I heard a story once that this house has eleven fireplaces in it. I don't know if its true but apparently in those days to keep such a big house warm you needed a fireplace in every room. I could only ever count eight chimneys....Do you know if this is true?

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (2 Mar 2009):

    Dont know that Aaron, I was only ever in two of the rooms.. I hate seeing it like this it was a beauty, I think it should have had a preservation order on it..

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (2 Mar 2009):

    By the way, both those rooms had a fireplace!!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham (Deleted) gave props (2 Mar 2009):

    I love the poem your mother loved so much she memorized. Imagine the anticipation the people who built this house felt as it was going up. And the sadness of leaving it. Wonderful shot.

  • JOE FAILK

    JOE FAILK gave props (2 Mar 2009):

    Excellent well done!

  • Dawn Hayes

    Dawn Hayes gave props (3 Mar 2009):

    well done !!!!

  • Liz Bennefeld

    Liz Bennefeld (Deleted) gave props (3 Mar 2009):

    Lovely photograph and poem. Thanks!

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (6 Mar 2009):

    Thank you, everyone for the comments on this..

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (9 Mar 2009):

    Oh that fits so beautifully with many a crumbling ruin. Outside may look delapidated, but the inside has the warmth and memories for ever embeded in the stark broken walls and broken window panes.
    Your mother taught you well....

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (9 Mar 2009):

    Oh Suzanne, Mam would love to hear that!!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (9 Mar 2009):

    Beautiful insight of life and it is wonderful that your mother has such a positive outlook!...the poetry and your picture is beautiful!

  • John Shanahan

    John Shanahan   said (20 Mar 2009):

    an abandoned house is like an unused brain! Wasted space!

  • Dorothy Burwell

    Dorothy Burwell   gave props (1 May 2009):

    It truly is a great capture! I love the poem.. it fit so well with the photo

  • Martin E. Morris

    Martin E. Morris (Deleted) gave props (10 Jun 2009):

    Great words,but an even better image.Excellent work!!!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (16 Jun 2009):

    All around excellent, beautiful capture and beautiful words, your Mother was right a house is full of memories, warmth, stories to tell and for as long as it stands they will always be there.

  • Bill Van Gelder

    Bill Van Gelder gave props (27 Nov 2009):

    Excellent photo and write-up.

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