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The House With Nobody In It

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Whenever I walk to Suffern along the Erie track
I go by a poor old farmhouse with its shingles broken and black.
I suppose I've passed it a hundred times, but I always stop for a minute
And look at the house, the tragic house, the house with nobody in it.

I never have seen a haunted house, but I hear there are such things;
That they hold the talk of spirits, their mirth and sorrowings.
I know this house isn't haunted, and I wish it were, I do;
For it wouldn't be so lonely if it had a ghost or two.
This house on the road to Suffern needs a dozen panes of glass,
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Susan Berkov 10 January 2020
Loved your poem all though I cannot remember where this house stands, and I grow up in suffering in the 50’s -60s.
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Richard Brightenback 10 January 2020
There was a Bar in Mahwah called Pelzars the name changed to No Body’s Inn.
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Patricia Kidd 12 May 2019
I’ve not seen this one! No idea why not - but thank you for this! I memorized ‘Trees’ as a youngster as I absolutely love trees and his poem! I still love it. However that was the extent of most of my interest in poetry. Thank you for this wonderful poem! I’ll be looking up more of his works as well! ??
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Debbie Rusk 14 April 2019
I memorized that poem when I was in 6th grade and somehow after 50 years I still remember it
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Marty 14 August 2019
So did I! And so DO I! It comes into my head often, and there are a few houses that bring it to mind each and every time I pass them, like Kilmer’s house on “the Erie track”. When I give myself the time to sit and read it through, it often brings tears. I actually left a 35 year career in retail to become a carpenter at 52. Was a one or-two-man operation, and my favorite work was always on older houses.
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John Sullivan. 10 April 2020
I remember it too. Wrote it for my Exam Paper. It was in a school book called.. " The Golden Caravans" . Still remember that it started on page 145 and ended on page 147. Ah.. the good old days. Never again to be.
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Jersey Girl 03 October 2020
I also memorized this poem when in 6th grade. Wonder if we were classmates. Anyway, like Marty, I find this poem enters my mind frequently when viewing an abandoned house. Beautiful poem.
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Barbara Halpin 20 February 2019
Makes my heart sad every time I see an old empty house..
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Jo-Ann 14 February 2019
I was birn at Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern. I am from the Ramapo, once called Johnstown, now Harriman State Park. This poem was always a favorite of my mothers. And subsequently mine as well. I have read this to my children when they were young, it is a bit of a family tradition now. Strange maybe, but true!
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Mary Lentz 04 February 2019
my aunt gave me a little book called Silver Pennies..This poem was in it...Always thought of it when I see old abandoned houses...I still have the book with her signature...and dated 1945!
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Madonna 03 January 2019
One of my favorite Kilmer poems. When my mom passed away, I got her copy of Kilmer poems letters
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RHONDA RHODES 30 November 2018
LOVE THIS POEM. STOOD AT THE PODEUM WITH A PACKED CHURCH AND FOUND THE COURAGE AND STRENGTH FROM MY MOM TO RECITE IT AT HER FUNERAL! !
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dominick 29 November 2018
well written..heartfelt and unique
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