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sylvia spencer

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A House called Lonely (A Trilogy in three parts)


There is a street in every town that owns a house
called lonely. Then when your just passing by you might
just say, 'if only.
If only could mean a life time of thoughts but it does'nt cure
a lonely house and all its faults.
Boarded up windows and tiles gone from the roof, graffiti
painted by a rebelious youth.
Such a lonely house and an oh such a tired one,
one that has lost all it's fun.
Stairs and rafters all gone to pot all that is left
is wood worm and dry rot.
No children playing in the garden, it's just a house condemend
by the council without no pardon. Poor lonely house someones
forgotton dream, now describing lifes social scene.
This lonely house stands in the way because their building
a By Pass or a new motorway.
The house called lonely could be any where, in the town, the
country or city square.
Even in your street there's a house called lonely just waiting
for you to say 'if only'

Submitted: Saturday, August 19, 2006
Edited: Thursday, August 26, 2010

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  • Rookie Francesca Johnson (11/11/2006 5:37:00 PM)

    Thanks, Sylvie, for directing me to this poem. Seems some of your readers know a house which fits this description. I know one or two as well. Your poem, the first in the trilogy, describes a sad and lonely old house, and it's given me the appetite to read the other two now......

    Love, Fran xxx (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Alison Cassidy (11/6/2006 4:36:00 PM)

    This is a lovely theme for a poem and you have tackled it very well. I like your use of the words 'if only'. How many times have we all walked by a house with great potential - often overgrown like 'The Secret Garden' - but neglected and unloved and unpainted and used those words. love, Allie xxxxxxxxxxx (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Patricia Gale (9/2/2006 11:52:00 PM)

    Your insight is amazing. Well done. It was like the house next to the lonely house was describing the emptiness. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 107 Points Nimal Dunuhinga (9/2/2006 5:25:00 PM)

    It's sad whatever you touched at last
    there were lot of houses but only one home
    a soul imprisoned in the life-jail once
    and the jailbird say good-bye in this sojourn dance?
    your lonely house described the truth of loneliness. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Chandan Roy (8/22/2006 1:23:00 PM)

    Truly - a very haunting narration. But, it is very well written by you. You have done full justice to the theme of the poem.... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Duncan Wyllie (8/19/2006 5:27:00 PM)

    Ah yes, I once new of such a house, my brothers used to play in it when we were young
    such charactor, Brings back such happy memories of days gone by
    So sad that, that house, and so many others have had to disappear making way for the so-called developement
    Thankyou for expressing this
    Love duncan X (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Sandra Fowler (8/19/2006 5:14:00 PM)

    A fine word painting of a house that has seen better days. Very nostalgic and touching..
    Beautiful work.Sylvia.

    Love,

    Sandra (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Scarlett Treat (8/19/2006 4:17:00 PM)

    I wrote one once called 'The House By the Side Of the Road, ' and it was about my great-grandfather's home, abandoned and falling down. Houses can be very sad at being empty, and I'll bet when it is dark, and no one can see, they cry. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Brian Dorn (8/19/2006 4:14:00 PM)

    Sylvia, it is a shame to see lonely houses such as those you've brilliantly described, but so many do exist. A supurb poem that makes you wonder why? Great write! !
    Brian (Report) Reply

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