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poetry and prose about place

abandoned meeting house

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the meeting house

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crooked clapboards

doors nailed shut

remember

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they argued

into the supper hour

words threaded, knotted

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violent voices

eyes wool, ears cotton, lips

flax flayed to linen

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over wages paid

to the man who splits

the wood, stokes the fire

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at home, needles

slid, silent, through layers

of quilting

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women forgot their thimbles

pricked thumbs

left blood on fabric

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Copyright  2014  Jane Tims

Written by jane tims

November 5, 2014 at 7:37 am

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  1. A beautiful old building and a sad tale. 🙂

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    Rebecca

    November 6, 2014 at 6:53 pm

  2. It is intriguing how you have woven and stitched together the history of discord and wounding with the final image of quilting and the blood. I love the subtlety of this. And the great photo.

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    Carol Steel

    November 6, 2014 at 7:15 am

    • Hi Carol. Now that I have finished my ‘harvesting colour’ manuscript, I’m going to return to the ‘abandoned’ theme. Lots of subject matter out there! Are you going to Word Travels? Jane

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      jane tims

      November 6, 2014 at 5:39 pm

  3. The picture of the old meeting house is hauntingly beautiful. And, I liked how the poem made the story of the building come alive. .

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    Sheryl

    November 6, 2014 at 12:35 am

    • Hi Sheryl. These old buildings could tell such stories. I like the way you include images of the buildings that Helena knew. Jane

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      jane tims

      November 6, 2014 at 5:38 pm

      • Thank you for the kind words about A Hundred Years Ago. They are greatly appreciated.

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        Sheryl

        November 7, 2014 at 1:37 am

  4. fabulous combination!

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    kiwiskan

    November 5, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    • Hi. As I drive around, I see these abandoned buildings. I think about the voices that rocked those buildings in the past! Hope you are warming up down there below the equator! Jane

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      jane tims

      November 5, 2014 at 4:50 pm


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