An Old House

An old house is a picture
Between two pages of history.

Its lines are etched by the slanting
Long fingers of rain and sun.

Its walls are stained and yellow
As the margin of an old book.

Down to the windows dark branches
Droop with the heaviness of leaves.

the wind among them is like
The turning of many pages.



Florida Watts Smyth

July 27, 2021