Marianne Reninger


Old Buildings Speak - Poem by Marianne Reninger

Time knows no beginning or end
Old Buildings wave and wend,
And the words live on in the wind...

Old Houses Speak
With words that time forgot
They groan and creak,
And settle and weep
For long-lost children
That played in their yards.

Old Barns Speak
Of braying donkey and milking cow;
Hens and ducklings
screeching and scratching
In the hay-laden, sweet-funk air.

Old Buildings Speak
Of their store-house of olden wares.
Tobacco drying,
Machines turning,
Lumber curing,
Fabric spinning,
Scissors trimming,
Men's minds thinking there.

Old Sea Cottages Speak,
Of the briny wood and barnacle feet,
Of foghorn's belch and mermaid's greet,
And waves ever slapping refrain.

Time knows no beginning or end,
Old Buildings wave and wnd,
And the Words live on in the Wind...

Marianne Larsen Reninger

Topic(s) of this poem: farm, house, old


Poet's Notes about The Poem

Poem accompanied a series of 12 paintings you can see at www.pinterest.com under Marianne Reninger, Marianne's Art

Comments about Old Buildings Speak by Marianne Reninger

  • Neal Beightol (9/7/2016 8:02:00 AM)


    Nothing like driving through the country and stopping to look at old barns and farmhouses. Thank you for taking me there again.
    :)
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    Marianne Reninger Marianne Reninger (9/7/2016 1:08:00 PM)

    Thanks for your comments, Neal. Looking forward to reading more of your work!

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  • Moira Cameron (8/10/2016 12:29:00 PM)


    I have often looked at old buildings and wondered what stories they would tell. I suppose many have done so, but you have captured the idea nicely in this poem. Well done! (Report) Reply

  • (7/9/2016 4:40:00 PM)


    Beautifully written, its worded lyrically songlike in its density, some people think poetry is about rhyming, but its not, the best poets evoke moods and scenes of power with their words, this is one of them. I always felt that buildings develop personalities based on the people who inhabit them, that ghosts are the souls of the brick and mortar made conscious. This is true poetry every word is perfect, like a piece of art. (Report) Reply

    Marianne Reninger Marianne Reninger (7/9/2016 5:29:00 PM)

    Thanks Kevin; I value your critique! I had to redo this poem a little to put it in form for an e-book t. Dr. Fabrizio Frosini is editing. I've done 3 previous ebooks with him and this one will appear in a Free-Style Poetry book. My Dad was a carpenter, my husband does carpentry, and I grew up with sawdust and the smell of new lumber in my brain, so buildings mean a lot to me!

  • Susan Williams (4/25/2016 1:04:00 PM)


    I apologize. We've had a heat wave here and it has been driving me out of the house to seek coolness. I am glad that today is cool because I wanted to read this poem and take the time to absolutely wallow in its words and images and tones. You are an awesome writer. You treasure words and spend them wisely and precisely. You use them like oil paints- blending them on your palette in special magical ways. I try to pick out a favorite line and I end up with every single line in this poem being my favorite which to me means that you do not slop out excess words and lines- you have kept your lines lean and sharp, not blurry and muddled..I am enamored of poems that can and do repeat the first stanza in the last stanza- it rounds the poetic experience for me. I have gotten excited over several poets on this site- -but I think you may very well be the brightest star in PoemHunter's sky. Absolutely stunning and as perfect as a human being can write. Dang, I wish this was mine! ! ! ! If other poetry receives 10's, then this one deserves a 10000000000000000000000000000+. (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams (4/23/2016 1:12:00 PM)


    I apologize. We've had a heat wave here and it has been driving me out of the house to seek coolness. I am glad that today is cool because I wanted to read this poem and take the time to absolutely wallow in its words and images and tones. You are an awesome writer. You treasure words and spend them wisely and precisely. You use them like oil paints- blending them on your palette in special magical ways. I try to pick out a favorite line and I end up with every single line in this poem being my favorite which to me means that you do not slop out excess words and lines- you have kept your lines lean and sharp, not blurry and muddled. .I am enamored of poems that can and do repeat the first stanza in the last stanza- it rounds the poetic experience for me. I have gotten excited over several poets on this site- -but I think you may very well be the brightest star in PoemHunter's sky. Absolutely stunning and as perfect as a human being can write. Dang, I wish this was mine! ! ! ! If other poetry receives 10's, then this one deserves a 10000000000000000000000000000+. (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams (4/20/2016 6:02:00 PM)


    This is gorgeous. I must return later and talk about this (Report) Reply

    Marianne Reninger Marianne Reninger (4/22/2016 11:05:00 AM)

    Please do Susan! Love to hear from other poets...Marianne

  • Jayatissa K. Liyanage (4/20/2016 11:05:00 AM)


    Wonderful theme to write on. I like the way poet gives a value to past things. Well deserved positioning. Congrats. X (Report) Reply

    Marianne Reninger Marianne Reninger (4/22/2016 11:06:00 AM)

    Thanks Jayatissa, will read some of your work also. Marianne

  • (4/20/2016 10:53:00 AM)


    Beautiful poem. Enjoyed again. Congratulations for being chosen for poem of the day. (Report) Reply

  • Briony Nicholls (4/20/2016 10:07:00 AM)


    A lovely poem Marianne that evokes that strong melancholic atmosphere we often find in old buildings. Well done. (Report) Reply

  • (4/20/2016 9:30:00 AM)


    Old house speaks of the past, loving, thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Barry Middleton (4/20/2016 6:59:00 AM)


    Lovely images. Congratulations on poem of the day. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (4/20/2016 2:16:00 AM)


    For long-lost children. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Kelly Kurt (4/20/2016 1:58:00 AM)


    I love old buildings and this poem. I live in a 160 yr old church that I helped to restore. (Report) Reply

    Marianne Reninger Marianne Reninger (4/22/2016 11:09:00 AM)

    Kelly, would love to see it! My Dad was a carpenter and I was born with the smell of sawdust in my head. Marianne

  • Paul Brookes (4/20/2016 1:49:00 AM)


    there is so much truth in this poem indeed old building harbor the past which the echos of past occupants have sunk into their very fabric. You express this theme so well like a painting in oils it vibrates with colour and vivacity Great piece (Report) Reply

    Marianne Reninger Marianne Reninger (4/22/2016 11:10:00 AM)

    Please check out the paintings which I did to inspire the poem at www.pinterest.com Marianne Reninger, Marianne's Art Board.

  • (4/20/2016 1:47:00 AM)


    Old buildings have lots of character, and you have expressed it well here. Congratulations on having this poem selected as member poem of the day! (Report) Reply

  • Jasbir Chatterjee (4/20/2016 12:44:00 AM)


    Such a lovely poem; indeed, old buildings speak with words that Time forgot...congrats on being poet of the day! (Report) Reply

  • Hazel Durham (1/12/2016 9:38:00 AM)


    I love old buildings they ooze character with memories bursting from the walls and lost voices that echoes their thoughts of happiness and sadness too. Whispers of secrets that are released as time passes they are a monument to the constant passing of life.
    A beautifully written poem!
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    Marianne Reninger Marianne Reninger (4/22/2016 11:16:00 AM)

    Thanks, Hazel! Love your work also!

    Marianne Reninger Marianne Reninger (4/22/2016 11:13:00 AM)

    Thanks so much Hazel; love your work also!

  • (12/9/2015 10:05:00 AM)


    Echoes of past heard through an artistic heart with fondness and sensitivity. Loved your poem. I visited your web site too. Beautiful work of art you have there. Thank you for sharing. (Report) Reply

    Marianne Reninger Marianne Reninger (4/22/2016 11:12:00 AM)

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  • Daniel Brick (12/6/2015 9:56:00 PM)


    The same stanza frames the poem appropriately because repetition is the theme of your poem:
    each of the scenes you PAINT in the four enclosed stanzas is a different OLD BUILDING but what goes on in it is repeated again and again. In fact, witnessing such repetition is another way of keeping time, of measuring not changes over time but persistence through time. Just as we both change and persist: our bodies age and dcay but our thoughts and loves persist. There are such depths in your poem which thinking about it brings to the surface of consciousness.
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    Marianne Reninger Marianne Reninger (4/22/2016 11:14:00 AM)

    You got it Daniel, as usual! Persistence is the answer and we know all about that. Love your work also! Marianne

  • Dr.tony Brahmin (11/24/2015 12:39:00 PM)


    Time knows no beginning or end,
    Old Buildings wave and wnd,
    And the Words live on in the Wind... yes thank God that the old buildings have no tongues. or else they would have spoken up sooooooo much. positive and negative. you are a philosopher, a thinker and an artist. thank you for this wonderful poem. tony
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Poem Submitted: Sunday, November 1, 2015



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