Winter Prompt #24: Lid off a Jar

LID OFF A JAR

Winter Prompt #24

Rusted on. The bail jar is full

of round black balls. Plums? How long

have they been here in the dust,

on this webby shelf?

She’s been dead how many years—

the woman whose house this was,

whose name I’ll never know.

A plum tree in the garden,

sheep in the pasture long grown up

to houses and lawns. New houses

not like this crazy one, layers

of wallpaper peeling, wide chestnut

floorboards, the space against the wall

where the kitchen stove used to stand.

One comment on “Winter Prompt #24: Lid off a Jar

  1. Christine Lee Moore says:

    We used to find old abandoned houses during our Sunday drives when I was a kid. I remember wandering through and wondering about the people who had lived there. Not so many of those old places left these days.

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