Tuesday, December 21, 2004



The farmer's wife
sits alone with
woodstove and cat
the only warmth

voices keep her
company telling
her favorite stories
over and over

pictures, many misty
from tears or faulty memory
play movies in her mind-
almost eighty year's worth

outside, the barn
and building go to
pieces, the hay baler
rusts away in the field

the pasture seeds
to popular
and pine, the only
crop are goldenrods

the barn a maze
of spider's webs
across the walkways
not trod nor will be.

Henry Burt Stevens
6400 Taylor Rd Lot
108 Punta Gorda FL 33950

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