Weathered Walls

smallpox hospital Roosevelt Island IngeVandormael

Photo: Inge Vandormael

 

The stories told

By weathered walls

Still standing tall

After the fall

So like the lives of residents

Of old

Untold

Still hold.

 

(In the photo: The ruins of the Smallpox Hospital on Roosevelt Island, New York City)

 

For The Photo Challenge (2nd entry)

Weathered History

ancient synagogue Golan1 AmitaiAsif

Photo: Amitai Asif

 

In the weathered rock

Old hands of time still tick away the measured strokes

Of chisels

Embedding prayers

And faith

Into the stone.

Aged but clear

The corner breathes centuries

Of memory and hope

Of light and lore

And much too much

War.

 

 

 

For The Photo Challenge

Layered Shelter

LandOfGods8 InbarAsif

Photo: Inbar Asif

 

I am mesmerized by this photo of roof in Greece, taken by my niece (hey, I rhyme!).

The weathered slate, the overlapping chipped tiles that had seen more winters than any human could and many more still before they had been hewed into order by mankind to provide heavy, steady, shelter from rain and wind and sun.

The stark contrast of the chimney stone. Orderly. Newish. Mortar sandwiched between bricks. Standing out like a new-kid-on-the-block yet in truth only relatively … for it, too, had already seen life’s smoke swirl up to numerously different skies.

Even the odd bits. Leaning, slanted. Metal. Wood. A ledge. A mini-roof covered by yet another one. Mismatched and somehow all part of this layered shelter. Angled. Rough. Tangible.

A roof to rely on.

 

 

For The Photo Challenge