Faith, Hope and Love

These old walls have withstood
a century of shaking and settling,
the rattles of wind and earth.
Lines mark the vertical of studs
and the horizontal of laths
where the occasional fracture
was more than the plaster could stand,
the cracking creases showing
where the rigid of powdered lime and sand
gave way to the testing.

A few days of tape and filler
and a few hours of sanding
have brought a look of new
to the old,
the stories of storms
hidden beneath the surface.

We will see whether mesh and mud
can fill and hold,
can keep the surface free
from showing the strain of life lived
in a place such as this.

Though marked and marred,
lined and pocked,
these old walls have endured
a century of shaking and settling
and still hold hard
to the shape they were given.

There are things not intended
to bend to the winds of this world.

H. Arnett

About Doc Arnett

Native of southwestern Kentucky currently living in Ark City, Kansas, with my wife of twenty-nine years, Randa. We have, between us, eight children and twenty-eight grandkids. We enjoy singing, worship, remodeling and travel.
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