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Empty Old Houses.

Old Kilkenny house

Fuji Film X100

By : David Whalen

Empty old houses can talk…
But one must know how to listen…
to hear them

Empty old houses have stories…
But one must be eager to listen…
to hear them

Empty old houses can suffer..
But one must have empathy …
To feel it

Empty old houses can feel pain
But one must be able to bear it …
To feel it

Empty old houses have memories
But one must believe … that they have…
To share them

Empty old houses contain people’s lives
But one must believe…that they do…
To share them

Empty old houses can seem dead and deserted
But one must know that they’re not..
To know them

Empty old houses can teem with life’s pleasures
But one must walk through
to sense the aura of life

Empty old houses abound in life’s treasures
But one cannot help but…
To admire them

11 responses

  1. I love old structures. Living in a small rural community in economic decline, there is no shortage of dilapidated homes, railroad and other long-since-abandoned buildings for me to admire and, dare I say, hate. There is something about them, I can’t quite put into words, an apparent willingness for them to endure more tragedy and joy, to remain standing; Maybe hope is the word I’m looking for. Anyway, beautiful image, poem and an opportunity to reflect on something other than work for a few moments, thank you.

    April 19, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    • Thank you for your great comments 🙂

      I am very pleased you both visited and enjoyed this post, Yes Places like this old house will still be standing in one form or another long after we have sailed away!

      🙂 Thank you !

      April 19, 2013 at 6:53 pm

  2. Such a lovely, evocative poem. I have just sent a link to this post to another blogger who has just written about an ’empty old’ cottage on the Cornish coast. Here’s a link to her:

    April 19, 2013 at 7:19 pm

  3. 1annecasey

    What a beautiful image you have created here Nigel!

    April 19, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    • Thank you Anne, that’s a lovely comment !!! 🙂

      Molly to thank!, We was out walking on our lunch time exercise and she followed a rabbit !! Hum ! I followed her to see what she was doing and out popped this wonderful old house at the end of the woods..

      Thank you Molly!!!! 🙂

      April 19, 2013 at 9:13 pm

  4. poppytump

    *Oh* how lovely wildsherkin showed me the way to your see your work here Nigel … Love that angle through the bare branches like spying in .. what remnants of memories lie behind those old windows I wonder .. The words of David Whalen are just a perfect compliment to it aswell 🙂
    I too am rather taken with all things derelict ,deserted, and mysterious – although it was the first time I have posted about it in such a way .

    April 19, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    • Hello Popply 🙂

      First things I absolutely love your blog!!! 🙂 wonderful Craft and Images 🙂 Thank you for sharing them!!

      Thank you for such great comments about this post, I love finding old places like this, the moment you find them you just have to think about the lives lived here and what happened that no one is still in them?

      Very please you visited and enjoy the post 🙂


      April 19, 2013 at 9:20 pm

      • poppytump

        you are very welcome … and thank you for your lovely words too 😉
        yesteryears and times past I do like to ponder over I must say …

        April 20, 2013 at 7:14 pm

      • 🙂

        April 20, 2013 at 7:42 pm

  5. I love the photograph & poem, Nigel. Thank you!

    April 20, 2013 at 4:00 am

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