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Old Barn in the Setting Sun

Story ID:6146
Written by:Monte Leon Manka (bio, contact, other stories)
Organization:retired
Story type:Poem
Location:Hemet CA USA
Year:1880
Person:Old Building Lover, Chelsea Kansas Kid
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Old Barn in the Setting Sun

Old Barn in the Setting Sun

I look at this picture
And this is what I see
A stately old barn next to
A windmill that’s waiting patiently

For a gentle breeze
To turn the blades of the fan
To pump water
For the livestock and the farmer man.

The haymow is now empty
Where once was stored tons of hay
To feed the livestock
Every single day.

The pull through wide doors on the left
Gone for many a year
For horses pulling hay and grain wagons
Through to the Corn Crib in the rear.

The doors that closed in the milk cows
Have long ago rotted away
The hay mow boards with age have shrunk
Could no longer support any hay.

The three lightening rods
High on the Peak
Were to ground any Electricity
That would come from a lightening streak.

I think of the many sunsets
That have embraced this old Barn
Would love to have it talk to me
Would be a fascinating yarn.

About the family or families
That have used this old Barn
The years of heat and cold
Built long before I was born.


But to me there is so much history
Love to see a review
About the “trials and tribulations”
That this old barn has been through

Monte L. Manka 07-06-2010