Poor House

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic

Cover image: pixabay.com.

Poor House.

If you peek through rose-tinted lenses

you might get a sense of the former grandeur

before the ruin was allowed to set in.

Broken glass litters the floor

where the frames have failed to hold the panes,

and a puff of wind in the wrong direction

has made them fall.

It’s a bit like a jungle in here,

for nature is never one to say no to an offer.

Ivy has slithered through many a gap,

writhing through brickwork and strangling wood.

Walls bulge and sag in a way that makes me think

that they won’t be upright for much longer.

Ceilings have fallen, leaving chunks of plaster,

laths of wood, and a choking dust that makes me cough;

exposing the rotted beams that once had been

solid and strong enough to hold up the weight

of a chandelier. More glass to manoeuvre around.

There’s plenty of inhabitants, of the insect kind,

as they colonize and over-run, making nests in corners,

seeking out the dark holes where they burrow and dig.

It’s almost like stepping into a labyrinthine land

of rotted staircases, churned up floors,

where even the boards over windows and doors

are succumbing to the merciless damp and degeneration.

This poor, derelict, broken house

has turned away from the lives of man

but has become a haven for the rampant force of nature.

Submitted: January 11, 2021

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Mike S.

A 'poor' poem, Hull, but topic aside, excellent!

Mon, January 11th, 2021 8:34pm


Thanks for reading, Mike. I really appreciate it.

Wed, January 13th, 2021 11:58am


Love it !!!

Mon, January 11th, 2021 10:44pm


Thanks so much for taking the time to give it a read. I really appreciate it.

Wed, January 13th, 2021 11:57am

Bert Broomberg

This provides a very vivid, almost cinematic description. Great poem.

Tue, January 12th, 2021 12:02pm


Thank you so much!

Wed, January 13th, 2021 11:56am

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