Attala County, Mississippi
"My Last Visit"
I walked through the woods on a beautiful Spring Day and I came upon the deserted Old House.
The walls were ragged with the signs of decaying years and the rusty tin roof sagged.
The Old house seemed to have voices that were lovingly calling out to me and I could feel the presence of my long-ago family that had lived there for so many years.
How they must have loved that place.
It seemed like I heard the happy sounds of two little children as they played under the big oak tree that stood so regally in the front yard.
I then turned and noticed a small rose bush beside the porch…
It had been planted by my Grandmother many years before and was laden with little pink flowers—just as though it had bloomed in anticipation of my visit…
As I walked around to the back of the Old House, I saw the remnants of the barn that had once housed the farm animals…
I saw a piece of a trace chain still looped over a fence post and, in the corner of the barnyard, I saw a rusty pitchfork that had lain idle for many years…
I lingered on at the Old House until the sun began to hide itself behind the Mississippi Hills and as I walked away, I once again turned and said my final good-byes…
I knew I would never see the Old House again because it was being torn down the next day…
I carried away the trace chain, the pitchfork and a cutting from the rose bush--and I also carried away some "Precious and irreplaceable Memories"…
By Pat Barnett Clayton ©2001
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