poetry and prose about place

an abandoned house

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On my virtual biking trip along the Sèvre Niortaise in central France, I saw an abandoned house.  Its roof had collapsed, its side buildings were reduced to ruined stone walls and its windows and doors were empty eyes …


'abandoned house'


It reminded me of a painting of an abandoned house by Liam Rainsford (published as ‘Abandoned’ on his Blog on April 15, 2012).  You can see his painting at


I have been writing a series of poems on the theme of abandonment and Liam’s haunting painting inspired this poem:



abandoned house

            – response to the painting ‘Abandoned’ by Liam Rainsford (April 15, 2012)

stone ruin,

vacant, a shell

disinterested (since they went away)

in the state of the road

or comings and goings


only the fence posts have opinions

one, a stoic, is the neighbor’s boy,

waits by the gate

one post swoons in disbelief –

roof fallen in, garden weedy,

fields overgrown

what’s a good fence for, but to keep hunger away?

keep people in?

fence wires lead off, toward the east

walk through the front door, into open air

views unobstructed

tree tops, remote hills, expanses of sky

ghosts are lonely here,

peering into windows, entering

the lean-to door

with a basket of eggs,

over and over



Copyright  Jane Tims  2013

Written by jane tims

April 10, 2013 at 7:18 am

6 Responses

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  1. Love the poem – I do like your abandonment elements!



    April 19, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    • Hi Diana. Thanks. It’s a great theme … an element of sadness, too. Jane


      jane tims

      April 19, 2013 at 6:33 pm

  2. I love this! Your fence posts especially. They came alive!



    April 11, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    • Hi. Glad you liked them. I am seeing lots of weeds, but they are too far away to identify!!! Jane


      jane tims

      April 12, 2013 at 8:22 am

  3. as always,, your charming drawing never fails to cheer my spirits Jane!



    April 10, 2013 at 4:36 pm

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