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by Katrina Thornley 2 months ago in social commentary
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Historic Mill Inspired Poem

Doors open

A breath taken,

Absorbing a time

Long gone,

Removed from modernity

On back road,

Where cars speed

Little caring of what

They pass,

The history that exists

In plain view,

The windows that overlook

A world long changed

Since their first vision-

A home to spirits,

Old and new-

The energy of

Passing day

And futures to come-

The building set

To remain and tower

Outliving its owners

And collecting a never ending

Record of faces and stories

That gather like dust

On the wide wooden planks of floors

Walked by sneakers and boots,

By families and workers alike.

Note from the poet: This poem was inspired by a historic mill located in Exeter, Rhode Island. It is beautiful to see and carries so much history.

Katrina Thornley is a nature poet and novelist that resides in Rhode Island. She has two poetry collections currently published, a novel, as well as a short story anthology. Her poetry collections "Arcadians: Lullaby in Nature" and "Arcadians: Wooden Mystics" were inspired by a local park and life in her small rural town. You can find them on Amazon now!

Be sure to check out her website and Etsy store as well!



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Katrina Thornley

Katrina Thornley is a Rhode Island based author and poet. You can find Arcadians: Lullaby in Nature and Arcadians: Wooden Mystics on Amazon now. Her debut novel Kings of Millburrow is now available!

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  • Jimmy Butler2 months ago

    Your words open the doors of a person's mind and heart, allowing them to view even old buildings with wonder!

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