7.26.2012



from the rough hematite rich sediments of this earth
you drew forth ironstone mineral dense and ready
to give at the smelting, but you saved it, savored it,
hung it from the very beams that would surround you.
this jersey ironstone home still testifies of your
homespun affection for it's silicate opulent composite.

(Batsto Village New Jersey)

7 comments:

liv2write2day said...

Charity, I enjoy the images--both photographic and poetic. There is a sense of history and even nostalgia here.

Brian Miller said...

i bet that makes for a beautiful home between the stone and the iron....and it def has a richness of place to it...

Charity said...

Thanks! The photo is from a recent trip to New Jersey to a historic Iron Mill. The people and trade are gone, but the buildings still speak!

poetryinverse said...

Well written and it reflects the photo

Anders Woje Ellingsen said...

This was to difficult to me. I did not get it. Sorry! (。◕‿◕。)

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metanoeticpoetics said...

Being at home in the world is so important for us. I really believe that people who built their homes in this way were closer to their humanity than we, who live in this throwaway world, consumer paradise. Lovely evocation of a place/time that we must remember for the values they held and built.

Charity said...

I appreciate your honesty Anders. I took this photo on a recent trip to an iron milling town. I was struck to note that several buildings, including homes and barns, were constructed of Ironstone. Since the settlers of this community would collect stone rich in minerals (including hematite, silicate, and iron) and then melt it down in a hot furnace to extract and separate the iron from the stone, I was curious about the use of what seemed a valuable commodity as a building material. It may have been of lesser quality, yet the ironstone is somewhat unique to that region of the state.