Tuesday, January 29, 2013

In An Old Barn

Tons upon tons the brown-green fragrant hay
O'erbrims the mows beyond the time-warped eaves,
Up to the rafters where the spider weaves,
Though few flies wander his secluded way.
Through a high chink one lonely golden ray,
Wherein the dust is dancing, slants unstirred.
In the dry hush some rustlings light are heard,
Of winter-hidden mice at furtive play.
Far down, the cattle in their shadowed stalls,
Nose-deep in clover fodder's meadowy scent,
Forget the snows that whelm their pasture streams,
The frost that bites the world beyond their walls.
Warm housed, they dream of summer, well content
In day-long contemplation of their dreams.

~ Charles G. D. Roberts (1860 - 1943 )


Christine said...

What a wonderful poem to go with the barn photo! Like it very much.

Nellie said...

You have such beautiful posts, Jo! I always love the literature you quote, and the pictures just go with it perfectly!

Country Gal said...

Wonderful poem and photo ! I love photographing old farm equipment as well ! Have a good evening !

Dewena said...

As always, the pictures with the words are just lovely!

The Retired One said...

Loved the images!

rusty duck said...

I can imagine myself there Jo.

DJan said...

Simply perfect. I love that picture and poem.

Michelle said...

Nothing like the beauty of an old barn.

Janneke said...

So beautiful the picture of the old barn and the poem. You always find the right poems with the right photos, really lovely.

Bonnie said...

You had me as soon as Ashoken farewell started to play. My great grandparents are from Tennessee (Franklin City and Elisabethton). Love your beautiful photos and the simplicitiy of your blog.

Susie said...

Jo, I loved this old poem. You are the master of finding lovely pictures and wonderful poems. Hope you are safe and warm. I know you had some of the same weather we had last night. xoxo, Susie

Terry said...

That's just lovely. Our favorite sound is of the horses enjoying their hay.

Tweedles -- that's me said...

I love your beautiful post- and we love old old barns!

Janice Kay Schaub said...

Thats a wonderful picture and poem,
thanks for sharing