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  • Texas | Columns | "Once Upon A Line"

    THE HOMESTEAD

    by David Knape

    Up on the highway
    on a lone remaining pasture
    is an old neglected cabin
    leaning precariously to one side
    trying to keep its balance
    and its dignity
    Just a one-room house
    that's lost its porch and doors
    a part of its roof
    that's turning the color of Spanish moss
    turning back to nature
    The old cabin is all that's left
    of a farm, a homestead
    of a poor dirt farmer, his wife and 8 kids
    who desperately struggled to make a go of it
    but could not hang on
    could not outlast the droughts
    the falling prices, the Depression
    who just ran out of luck and money
    and will
    Now cows graze up next to the cabin walls
    and Daddy Long Legs lurk in its corners
    owls make nests on its rotting rafters
    and people toss trash inside
    blaspheming a memory
    But on a windy night
    under a sliver of September moon
    you can hear what sounds like whispers
    coming from the cabin
    what sounds like ma & pa talking
    about the falling price or cotton
    the well that's going dry
    about baby Isaac's cough that won't go away
    and the note that's coming due
    and what happens tomorrow
    when the landlord comes around
    And in the dark of night
    if you listen real close
    between the boards
    through the cracks of the cabin
    you hear the sound of
    tears.


    © d.knape

    October 3, 2012
    More "Once Upon A Line" - Light verse and poetry by d.knape

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