A Wistful Wednesday




Thoughts of times long past, an era of dusty dirt streets with the smell of wood smoke drifting from the chimneys of fireplaces and cast iron cook stoves.
A Ghost of South Park

An era of simple, infinitely more basic concerns, yet far more difficult and laborious.  

Echo’s of boots on board walks.   Pining melodies from a forgotten player piano.  A shrill whistle, posed by steam, from a distanced past.  The ghostly stillness of abandonment… saturating, investing itself in every structure. 

I do so love the ghosts of mountains past. 

12 comments:

Sandee said...

I love ghost towns. Very much.

Have a terrific day. :)

Eric S. said...

Aren't ghost town just so much fun. Mysterious yet welcoming in a strange way.

Thanks Sandee

Cloudia said...

Cool



Aloha from Hawaii my Friend!


Comfort Spiral

The Muse said...

walking the rugged streets with cowboy spurs and chaps...

armed to the hilt...
eyes ever on alert...
ooo
yes....
feeling the moment!

Allison said...

So well put, as usual. I just watched a big show about ghost towns across America on the discovery channel. It was so interesting. I enjoyed your post.
Allison

Eric S. said...

@ Cloudia, Aloha, thanks and hows my fav island girl? Never mind, I'll swing on over and find out myself, LOL.

@ The Muse, LOL, besure the loops off the hammer, and your guns ridding loose. Never know when trouble be a callin.

@ Allison, Thanks, this picture is of a restored 1800s town in my home town. South Park City, consists of orriginal buildings moved in from all over the area. It even includes a mercantile complete with authentic commodities. Quite the place, and you can feel the ghosts at times too.

Lilly said...

Lovely words Eric, the ghosts of mountains past. That town looks interesting - it would be great just to move in.

tashabud said...

I feel sadness and wonderment as I see ghost towns. I always try to envision what the towns would have been like in their days of life and grandeur.

Your poem is beautiful as usual.

Tasha

Poetic Shutterbug said...

I very much enjoy ghost towns as they hold so many stories. Great shot.

Eric S. said...

@ Lilly, Thanks, yep that little town is really neat. However, if you moved in, you might find some, a few spectral neighbors.

@ Tasha, I know what you mean. I usually feel the ghosts when I'm there in those towns. The frontier spirit lingers, like a hazy horizon.

@ Poetic Shutterbug, yes they do, the hard part is being willing to sit and listen for those stories, allowing you eyes to see what others don't.

kkipp said...

Makes one a bit home sick to recognize the South Park City main street . . .

Kel

Eric S. said...

Indeed it does. You can just barely see the mountains through the cloud cover.

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