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Denise
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0 posted 11-20-1999 11:51 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Denise

How many souls have sheltered there
Within your walls so safe from care
How many tots with teddy bears
Have sleepily trudged up your stairs?

How many dreams were fashioned there
So grandiose, beyond compare
How many moments have you seen
Both moments strained and times serene?

How many tears have fallen there
From broken hearts beyond repair
How many people came to see
Their fondest dreams would never be?

How many knees have knelt in prayer
How many hearts have met Him there
Within your walls, upon your floors
How many there, behind your doors?

How many stories could you share
Of all the folks who've sheltered there
Down through the years from days of old
How many stories could be told?



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1 posted 11-21-1999 12:57 AM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

LOL probably quite a few from this old house. It stood longer than I have! Hmmn, what the walls could say I wonder!
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2 posted 11-21-1999 01:04 AM       View Profile for Julie   Email Julie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Julie

Lovely Denise. Reminds me of my mother's home. The same house I lived in throughout my childhood. Many a child has walked through her door and in many ways. Thank you.
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3 posted 11-21-1999 01:58 AM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Thanks, Rebecca and Julie! I live in a neighborhood of very old houses. Mine was built in 1886. I was thinking about that one day and started to wonder about all the people who have lived here since then.
(sometimes my mind wanders like that!)
Thanks again for your kind comments!

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4 posted 11-21-1999 03:18 AM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Beautiful thoughts, Denise and beautifully written. As always. Elizabeth
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5 posted 11-21-1999 07:05 AM       View Profile for RSEvans   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for RSEvans

A masterful tribute. You continue to make me smile.

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6 posted 11-21-1999 08:22 AM       View Profile for Marge Tindal   Email Marge Tindal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marge Tindal's Home Page   View IP for Marge Tindal

Denise,
I'm reminded of the song 'This Old House'.
I grew up in such a house and the memories
are deep within of the smells, the hiding places, the fun, the mystery and yes, the nostalgia of it all.
Great memory shaker ... thanks.

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I like the thoughts from this one denise....It would be wonderful if old houses, old buildings, old churches could talk sometimes
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Well done Denise enjoyed the read.
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Wonderful poem Denise....
Your house sounds fascinating....Is it registered with the Historical Society?

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10 posted 11-21-1999 07:05 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Thank you, Elizabeth, RS, Marge, Ruth, Seymour and Pepper for reading and commenting! It is always appreciated!

Pepper- No, I don't believe so. It is only one of thousands, if not more, that were built around that time. Philadelphia is a city of many old neighborhoods! I guess they just built houses very well during the last century, as most of them are still standing and livable!

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If only these old walls could talk....right, Denise? What stories indeed! This is excellent, worthy of thought.....as all yours are.
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Somehow, I suspect you have your children's height's measured on the walls. The memories that exist within a home... not only ours, but those who have proceeded us. Thank you for the poem Denise, very nice.
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Denise, I sold my house in Colorado before moving to Texas. It was built in 1886. I know that house experienced a lot. One was a small earthquake just a few years back.

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It's no wonder houses feel alive!

Loved this piece. Thanks, Denise!


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A great big thank you to you all, Balladeer, Mike, Ohme and Corinne! So glad you all liked it! It means much to me!

Balladeer- It would be very interesting!

Mike- My old house did! We moved here when the kids were older!

Thanks again everybody!

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Denise

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16 posted 11-22-1999 11:24 PM       View Profile for jenmarie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for jenmarie

i havent been on in a while and what a great poem to find - so many feelings and memories are in the places we have lived - i have always wondered so often who lived here befor and then when i have had to leave - who is there now!
 
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