January 12, 2013

Barn


Art work by Kim Nelson





















Barn 
By John R. Greenwood

Barn of weathered roughness 
strong red boards taught and dry
physical brute unscathed by time 
decades piled high as hay 
his feet soaked with tractor smells
work ethic stance proud amongst men
landlocked ark for calf and hen
loyal sentinel standing proud at pastures edge

For Real ToadsThe Sunday Challenge

16 comments:

  1. Love the sensory details you have included here, John. I can see the barn through your words.

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  2. mmmm I have known barns exactly like this, full of personality and work ethic. I can smell it!

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  3. John -- I picked up the tone of the barn's stalwart being. Very strong metaphors. Wonderful! -- barbara

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  4. Barns have personalities... oh, yes they do. landlocked ark, loyal sentinel... SIGH. Very nice.

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  5. There is something incredibly poetic for me in the sight of an old red barn standing in a field. You have captured the history of such a structure so well in your lines.

    Thank you for participating on Real Toads.

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  6. What a vivid description of a barn and farm life, nice interpretation of the painting :)

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  7. You took me right into that barnyard with your succinct yet detailed poem. Well written, John.

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  8. This is gorgeous! Really unique imagery.

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  9. What a visual you created with your words. Fantastic!

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  10. You have transported me back to childhood .. my grandparent's farm, summers spent traipsing in and out of their red (yes) barn!

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  11. Classic descriptive poetry, with a little hidden narrative, perhaps--like it very much, as I always struggle with the shorter stuff and admire hugely those who can execute it this well--this is lucid, intelligent, with a rose-tinge of heart, like the drawing on the barn boards. (I also appreciated your blog name and its backstory--can def relate to that chilled lizard state.)

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  12. Nothing like an old red barn, my friend. "landlocked ark for calf and hen". Love it!

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  13. it is good to capture a moment with these rare remnants

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  14. Vivid interpretation of this piece!! Nicely done.

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