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Questions Unanswered November 11, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Home & Garden, Mindfulness, Poetry.

The old house now stood empty
As it had for many a year

Stale corners filled with cobwebs
And clandestine teens drinking beer

I stared at its torn shutters
Hung to keep Mother Nature out

And wondered about its owners
Were they still near, still about?

The wind blew hard against my coat
Hastening me along my way

Questions left hanging, unanswered
Like the shutters I saw that day

Related posts:  Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Wonder (WP Prompt) * Water Drops (Pseu’s Blog) * Wonder (BeeBlue) *  The Extraordinary in the Ordinary (Pix & Kardz) *A Tale of Wondering (Maggie’s Photography)


1. Piglet in Portugal - November 11, 2011

Great interpretation of “Wonder” Love the pictures and poem

nrhatch - November 11, 2011

Thanks, PiP! I often ponder and wonder when I encounter an empty house. Who lived there? Where did they go?

Playing around with special effects on these photos made me smile ~ glad the cobwebs in our villa are quite so obvious to visitors. 😛

2. barb19 - November 11, 2011

Awesome take on the photo challenge!

nrhatch - November 11, 2011

Thanks, Barb. I’ve been missing your posts . . . but I saw your explanation for taking your time with the next one. I’ll be patient.

3. suzicate - November 11, 2011

Love this…

nrhatch - November 11, 2011

Thanks, Suzi. Hope you have a wonder-filled (and wine-filled) weekend. With nothing to whine about. 😆

4. Julie - November 11, 2011

That’s the sign of a true writer – wondering about the story behind the object – in this case an empty house.

nrhatch - November 11, 2011

Maybe its our inner child? Alert curiosity and an active imagination keep us entertained by the fictional characters and storylines of our own creation. 😉

5. Booksphotographsandartwork - November 11, 2011

There is a house like that on one of the main streets in our town. It’s an old old house. I have lived here for twenty something years and have never seen who lives there. All of a sudden it’s for sale. Who lived there? How could I have never seen them? My daughter and I walked around it and tried to look in the windows. I wasn’t brave enough. My daughter said it was scary. She said she didn’t get good vibes and wanted to leave. Then I was really too scared to look in the window. How sad to think of someones possesions just sitting there and anyone could walk up and look in on what was their life. I just have to call the real estate people and find out more.

nrhatch - November 11, 2011

Some buildings do give our “bad vibes” . . . keeping us at arms length. Have fun doing a bit of digging, Linda.

Maybe you’ll find some skeletons in the closet . . .

6. Ruth - November 11, 2011

Nice photos and writeup – I wonder too…

nrhatch - November 11, 2011

Old abandonned houses remind me of the house in “It’s A Wonderful Life” that George Bailey and Mary Hatch adopt ~ how wonderful for the house to have a new family to shelter. 😀

7. Cindy - November 11, 2011

I enjoyed this, Nancy, a topic close to my heart. There are hundreds, nay thousands, of abandoned farm houses in South Africa. I always wonder about the families who once lived in them. So sad.

nrhatch - November 12, 2011

If people weren’t so jammed together . . . maybe tempers wouldn’t flare so easily and we would finally learn to get along.

Maybe living in nature would provide sustenance to our souls so we wouldn’t need to buy stuff we don’t need.

Maybe someone should adopt those abandoned farms and set up intentional communities around them.

8. Nancy Curteman - November 11, 2011

I often wonder about the original builders/owners of very old houses. What were they like? What were their hopes, aspirations, achievements? Nice combo of photos and poetry.

nrhatch - November 12, 2011

Thanks, NC. We almost bought a 300-year-old stone farmhouse in NJ. It had 10 fireplaces! The owners shared its history with us. Fascinating.

9. pix & kardz - November 12, 2011

great post – love the way your poem moves – both in rhythm and in its effects…. and thank you for the pingback! 😀

nrhatch - November 12, 2011

Thanks, Kris. I kept the poem short . . . since we rarely have the time to daydream for long.

10. eof737 - November 12, 2011

I just found out about the new photo challenge post… it should be an interesting news to conquer… We shall see. Love the photo above. 🙂

nrhatch - November 12, 2011

So many ways to go with “Wonder.” Have fun with it.

11. thebigbookofdating - November 12, 2011

Great photos

nrhatch - November 12, 2011

Thanks! I rarely use special effects on photos . . . except on SLTW. It’s fun to see how quickly a perspective can change.

12. kateshrewsday - November 12, 2011

Love it! All those possibilities, left for someone else to deal with. I’d ache to take it over and do it up…

nrhatch - November 12, 2011

At one point, I dreamed of owning a stately Victorian with turrets at the corner for reading, painting, and music. Now, I shudder at the thought of having that much house to maintain, heat and cool.

Instead, I enjoy brief stays in Country Inns and Victorian B&B’s.

13. Gobetween - November 12, 2011

I always feel that if buildings could talk, life would be more interesting. I usually have so many questions about the history and the occupants but alas the answers are seldom available. Great topic for the challenge.

nrhatch - November 12, 2011

Yes! I just finished re-reading The Voyages of Dr. Doolittle and I’m trying to figure out how to talk to the animals. 😀

14. bluebee - November 12, 2011

Love this, Nancy – there’s something terribly sad about an abandoned house. Hope someone takes that old house and turns it into a home.

nrhatch - November 12, 2011

That would be wonderful. The first house we bought hadn’t been updated in 60 years . . . my husband put his carpentry skills to good use giving it a new lease on life.

15. Tilly Bud - November 14, 2011

How sad! I like to think that the answer to every question I’ve ever asked will be given to me one day. That’s my idea of heaven 🙂

nrhatch - November 14, 2011

Hmm . . . I’ve asked a ton of irrelevant questions in my life. I wouldn’t know what to do with the answers if they arrived on my doorstep. 😉

I’d rather have peace to dwell in the uncertainty of not knowing.

16. thirdhandart - November 15, 2011

Great job using special effects! A beautiful poem and a wonderful entry!

nrhatch - November 15, 2011

Thanks. I enjoy these photo themes. It’s fascinating to see how different people interpret them.

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