its black square drawn on our township’s 1879 plat map

perhaps built by Wm. Deming, hand-written as the property owner

with scalloped trim requested by his bride?


sometime between 1910 and 1920 my husband’s great-grandfather acquired the homestead

Glen Brown, a “Home Farmer,” according to the 1920 federal census

words recorded when my husband’s grandmother, Mildred, was 8 months old

certainly the home was not desolate then


Mildred and her husband later lived in the humble abode with their young family

until they built a new home across the road

and then years of renters occupied the old homestead

ultimately, a granddaughter of Mildred’s sister purchased the home

but it was no longer loved


So now, our God, listen to the prayer of Your servant and to his supplications, and for Your sake, O Lord, let Your face shine on Your desolate sanctuary.

Daniel 9:17


2 thoughts on “desolate

  1. Kristine says:

    I like this post, Heather. Something about it touched me, and it’s been up on my computer for several days. I really don’t know what to say, other than thank you. It’s so sweet, melancholy…I don’t know, I just liked it.

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