poetry and prose about place

abandoned meeting house

with 10 comments




the meeting house



crooked clapboards

doors nailed shut



they argued

into the supper hour

words threaded, knotted


violent voices

eyes wool, ears cotton, lips

flax flayed to linen


over wages paid

to the man who splits

the wood, stokes the fire


at home, needles

slid, silent, through layers

of quilting


women forgot their thimbles

pricked thumbs

left blood on fabric



Copyright  2014  Jane Tims

Written by jane tims

November 5, 2014 at 7:37 am

10 Responses

Subscribe to comments with RSS.

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



    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.


    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


      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. .



    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


      jane tims

      November 6, 2014 at 5:38 pm

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



        November 7, 2014 at 1:37 am

  4. fabulous combination!



    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


      jane tims

      November 5, 2014 at 4:50 pm

I'd love to hear what you think...

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: