The Building’s Listening

This building has a story

Of ups and downs and love gone wrong

Of broken dreams and silly pranks

A childhood fondly lived.

But broken windows and sagging doors

Don’t hide another truth,

Illicit deeds and crimes concocted

Guns and knives and bloody wounds

Death has lingered here.

But now the future has a stake

Windows broken can be repaired

The doors and walls and ceilings too

And then the fun begins,

The floors and windows once again

Will hear the children laugh.

Pouring rains and winter storms

Are not welcome here.

Come inside and sit a spell

Our tale is still being written

This building’s taking notes.


30 thoughts on “The Building’s Listening

  1. Murphy’s Law

    “This building’s taking notes”. This building looks so lonely and sad. I hope someone is taking notes and forming a plan to revitalize it before it’s beyond renovation. Imagine if all these old abandoned buildings could tell us about all the life they experienced until the last person left and closed the door behind them.

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  2. K.L. Hale

    Pam, this is exquisite. You’ve captured in words feelings I’ve had about buildings such as this. Particularly, schools. I love the title and your hauntingly beautiful words of love, loss, and hope. You made the building “talk”. The building has truly been a listener. Well-done my gifted friend! 💛💕❤️

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      1. rangewriter

        I guess it looked like a school, which put that in my mind and then I know how clever you are, so I thought perhaps this was the subtilty rolling around in your mind. Maybe in the back of your mind.

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