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Old Red Barn

I stopped by the old red barn today...
I guess I was there about an hour.

What will they do with it after I'm gone?
It's been in the family for five generations...

Great Grampa's initials are carved in the door.
Once, Pappy fell from the loft and broke his arm.

It's where I watched Dad's mare
Give birth to my first pony.

And, it's where we told Mom and Dad
We'd decided to get married.

Such a stable part of my family's history,
Now, leans abstract against the autumn sky...

I think I'll go back tomorrow...
And take a few shots for the family album.

Copyright © Ray Dillard

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  1. Date: 12/13/2010 10:20:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win Ray in Rick's contest. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 12/12/2010 7:48:00 AM
    Hello again Ray. I'm so glad to see this here in the winner's circle. I've missed reading your work on the soup, however, I hope your book has been successful. Your writing has always been close to my own roots, so it touches home for me! Happy Holidays and congratulations! ~ Carrie

  1. Date: 12/12/2010 6:23:00 AM
    You've penned a little GEM with this one Ray. Many congratulations on your win in Rick's contest >> James

  1. Date: 12/11/2010 7:08:00 PM
    wonderful memory penned, congrats on your win in the contest

  1. Date: 12/11/2010 4:38:00 PM
    Ray, this is SO nice to read. I enjoyed it immensely and I love that line third from bottom, about the way the stable part of the barn leans abstract against the autum sky. Congratulations. LUv, Andrea

  1. Date: 12/11/2010 9:31:00 AM
    a very worthy presentation for your poem's honor Ray. Congratulations on a fine presentation. Agape, Moses

  1. Date: 12/11/2010 6:02:00 AM
    Congrats Ray on your big win in Rick's contest with this elegant write and win my friend.. enjoy your top spot and sweet success .. also happy holidays to u and yours with much luv..

  1. Date: 12/11/2010 4:51:00 AM
    Congratulations on this well deserved win in the contest, Ray

  1. Date: 12/10/2010 11:20:00 PM
    congrats on this winner Ray, this is a superb, Harry

  1. Date: 12/10/2010 11:18:00 PM
    This barn holds special memories that belong in your family album, Ray. I hope you did go back for the photographs. Congratulations on your well-deserved win in the contest! Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 11/30/2010 4:45:00 PM
    Great memories if this is fact and not imagination..Enjoyed reading ..Good luck in the contest if an entry..Reads like a winner to me..Sara

  1. Date: 11/15/2010 5:54:00 PM
    Enjoyed this poetry tonight and have a great night

  1. Date: 10/29/2010 5:44:00 PM
    Hello nice to see you here....I'm glad I didn't miss this touching poem. Yes, what memories an old barn could hold...if only walls could talk. Thanks so much for letting me know about your book. How exciting...and indeed I will have to check on getting one!! Best wishes!! ~ Carrie

  1. Date: 10/28/2010 12:15:00 PM
    I am just starting to read today and I must say there are some exceptional poems posted. Glad yours was included in my reading today Ray. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 10/27/2010 8:28:00 PM
    beautiful poem, great entry for the contest