Broken Windows



How can the old house still stand
when everyone has gone
Doesn’t it know
Hasn’t it heard
Can’t someone please explain
that its past is no longer prologue
It’s now…not then… again

No more laughter in the stairwell
no cars honking in the lane
the furnace rusts
in the basement
kids have long since moved away
so there’s no one else to remember
the tears…the joys…the days

Just an old house in the field
with broken windows
busted doors on rusty hinges
no one would have predicted
this gloomy vignette
Who will know
once I forget

About this poem

this abandoned farmhouse was my childhood home

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Written on 1997

Submitted by Snodeel on June 30, 2021

Modified on March 05, 2023

28 sec read
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Quick analysis:

Scheme XXAXBXX XBXXXXX XXXXCAC
Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 525
Words 96
Stanzas 3
Stanza Lengths 7, 7, 7

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