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  Long House
by Jerry W. Engler
Wednesday, October 07, 2009
Rated "G" by the Author.

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What's fond in your memories seems to depend on where and how you grew up.


Copyright 2009 Jerry W. Engler



Long house,

built on a prairie knoll

in 1871,

24 x 80 feet

with additions

by 1910,

stacked limestone foundation

built up by hand,

with mice and snakes,

sow bugs and beetles,

crawling through the cracks,

vines clinging to the rocks,

white wood framed,

wrap-around  gray porches

over dirt where the dogs lay

to cool in the summer,

toads came out
on the concrete steps,

dog didn't like them,
peeing in his mouth,

room for a big cistern
in the cellar,

where frogs somehow got in,

good drinking well out front,

running water provided

by mother and boys with buckets,

east half abandoned
in the 1930’s

dirt poor times and depression,

old parlor with
its faded lumber
cabinets and shelves

covered with the cobwebs
and dust of time,

by the 1950’s
back rooms used

for setting hens and baby chickens,

one wall open
for them to have sun,

facing boards fell off
along the roof

to allow hundreds
of English sparrows

to form a loud, chirping colony,

sounded like it roared
a blacksnake made
its way through the nests,

falling plunk-full of sparrows
when it hit the porch,

put a bathroom
in part of the old back once,

a lot better than
the out-house toilet run,

great place
for playing marbles on linoleum

or outside in the sun,

a biological wonder
when it came down
in the 1970’s,

but hey, it was home,

love it still

as I dust away
with parts
to shut down,

a biological wonder waiting
for a long house in heaven.

Jerry W. Engler

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Reviewed by Jeanette Cooper 11/7/2009
Reviewed by C. McGovern-Bowen 10/23/2009
a splendid journey herein, jerry.
very much enjoyed,
Reviewed by Gianetta Ellis 10/11/2009
Nostalgic and bittersweet, this is a lovely and artistic composition that makes me want to put brush to canvas. The old long house may be gone, but its energy lives on in your memory, your heart, your spirit and your words.
Reviewed by Cryssa C 10/8/2009
Loved the intrinsic metaphor...
After all, it's the heart that makes the house a home.

Reviewed by David Hightower 10/8/2009
Jerry - Enjoyed reading the history of the long house which reflected the history of your family and the times they lived through. Liked the way you paralleled the house as,

a biological wonder
when it came down

to yourself as,

a biological wonder waiting
for a long house in heaven.

- David
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 10/7/2009
The imagery...the sentiment...the beautifully you have told this.
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 10/7/2009
Home sweet home, Jerry. Love and peace,

Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER 10/7/2009
Home is home, strange that I was remembering the old old house I lived in, with Kusters bar down below, and the floorboard pointing uphill, but it was better than any home since, thanks for sharing, and by the way Jerry, dust is dust, but memories are forever, you'll always be alive. Bless ya! Jasmin Horst
Reviewed by Elizabeth Price 10/7/2009
Excelllent imagery. Very touching. Liz
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