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Halloween Countdown, Day 26

Hello from beautiful Louisville, Kentucky!


Text of the Day: Today's verse is "The Ghost House" by Robert Frost (1874-1963). It's a perfect excuse for some moody abandoned house photos, don't you think?

I dwell in a lonely house I know
That vanished many a summer ago,
And left no trace but the cellar walls,
And a cellar in which the daylight falls,
And the purple-stemmed wild raspberries grow.

O’er ruined fences the grape-vines shield
The woods come back to the mowing field;
The orchard tree has grown one copse
Of new wood and old where the woodpecker chops;
The footpath down to the well is healed.

I dwell with a strangely aching heart
In that vanished abode there far apart
On that disused and forgotten road
That has no dust-bath now for the toad.
Night comes; the black bats tumble and dart;

The whippoorwill is coming to shout
And hush and cluck and flutter about:
I hear him begin far enough away
Full many a time to say his say
Before he arrives to say it out.

It is under the small, dim, summer star.
I know not who these mute folk are
Who share the unlit place with me—
Those stones out under the low-limbed tree
Doubtless bear names that the mosses mar.

They are tireless folk, but slow and sad,
Though two, close-keeping, are lass and lad,—
With none among them that ever sings,
And yet, in view of how many things,
As sweet companions as might be had.

Abandoned House #2



( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 26th, 2012 10:56 am (UTC)
Ooooh, that last photo, I like it!
Oct. 28th, 2012 12:26 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you like it, too! I thought it was stunning.
Oct. 28th, 2012 12:26 pm (UTC)
Brilliant! Thanks so much for the heads up.
Oct. 28th, 2012 12:33 pm (UTC)
You are very welcome :-)
Oct. 26th, 2012 07:28 pm (UTC)
A sad & lovely text from an unexpected source. And yes, that last photo is a marvel!
Oct. 28th, 2012 12:27 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm so glad you liked the poem - and the photo, as well!
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