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Americas unforgotton Edifice

Story ID:10738
Written by:Monte Leon Manka (bio, contact, other stories)
Story type:Poem
Location:Corona Calif. USA
Person:Chelsea Kansas Kid
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Americas unforgotton Edifice

Americas Unsung Edifice

Buildings on the farm
The Farmhouse
The Outhouse
The bathhouse, or washhouse

But the one that
Stands out
Is an important building
Thatís this poem is about

The largest building
The paint is half gone
Boards are weather beaten
One on every farm

Windows broken
Doors hanging on one hinge
Straw and manure on the dirt floor
Stalls for the cows and horses within


As I drive the country roads
To me a building with charm
Stands out The most used
ON every farm, THE BARN

With a crib on one side
For golden ears of corn
Small room for ground oats
For milk cows in the early morn

Shed attached on the other side
For the tractor and wagon
Kept out of the weather
The roof is usually saggin

Above in the hayloft
The storage for Alfalfa, or Prairie hay
Feed for the livestock
Place to play on a rainy day

A cupola or two
For ventilation and fresh air
Where Sparrows are nesting
In the rafters way up there

If you pass an abandoned farm
There is a lonely barn
The only building that will remain
All others are gone

Some built in the late 1800ís
Some leaning from high winds
Some still standing upright
Weeds growing around as high as your chin

Cool inside in the summer heat
Out of the cold North wind in the fall
Milk stools out of 2 X 4ís
For milking cows in every stall

Born on a farm
With a big barn
This is the subject
Of my yarn

Monte L. Manka 10-23-2015