What do they know?

The big red house is bare and lone

South Dakota house

The stony garden waste and sere

South Dakota

With blight of breezes rivers blown

South Dakota
To pinch the wakening of the year

South Dakota calf
My kindly friends with busy cheer

South Dakota

My wretchedness could plainly show

South dakota

They tell me I am lonely here

South Dakota view
What do they know? What do they know?

C.S. Lewis’ Ballade Mystique


20 thoughts on “What do they know?

  1. Awww…this makes me want to go to the Dakotas so badly! Absolutely beautiful! And my great great grandparents (I think) have a farm house just like that on their property in North Dakota. We got to tour it once when I was a kid and I’ll always remember that. I would so love to fix it up and move in! (well, not sure about the winters ;)) And the place probably just needs to be torn down. No running water, maybe electricity. Ahh…thanks for sharing 🙂

    • My country area is full of these old houses. Kids love to come up and run around in them, pretending they’re haunted. Once a home to humans, they’re now mostly occupied by raccoons, which my husband traps. The house we live in now was built by my husband’s grandparents, and it will be interesting to see where it is in the next 50-100 years. The thought of it alone and abandoned is hard to imagine. Hope you get a chance to come back through, and maybe take some photos of you great-grandparent’s old farmhouse 🙂

  2. Beautiful … and is it just me or do those lonely old farmhouses break your heart just a little, too? They make me wonder about who once lived there and the hopes & dreams they had … I’m sentimental like that. Loved it, great post .. Cheers! MJ

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