There's an abandoned croft house on Harris

There's an abandoned croft house on Harris

A Poem by Hayden Chambers
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Reflecting on Hebridean memories

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Every now and then

I'm reminded of a memory

Taken back to a place

Far away, long ago



There's an abandoned croft house on Harris



The stale smell of the old thatch

The quiet in this forgotten place

Devoid of people now, only us

I remember the tension,

The anticipation, expectation

Everything leading up to this



There's an abandoned croft house on Harris



Vaguely wondering who lived here

The lives they led, through the generations

No clues left to who they were

Or why they left this sanctuary

Lost to time now, ghosts of the past,

Memories hang suspended in time



There's an abandoned croft house on Harris



A place of contradiction, juxtapositions

Ancient culture meets modern ideas

Fighting for their place here

There was love in this emptiness

This house - a symbol of the past but currently my present

Right here and now, we're caught in this instant



There's an abandoned croft house on Harris



A moment, lost to time,

Verdant even now, despite the years

Recalled in another time, another world

Drawing a smile in the small hours, in the quiet dark

A life now changed drastically from those days

Some things are unimaginable on the mainland



There's an abandoned croft house on Harris



In this town there are sprawling housing estates

Creeping steadily across the landscape

Towering buildings blocking out the sun

Endlessly rolling by the bus window

As I make my way to an office job

No quiet corners here in which to steal a moment



But my heart's still in the Hebrides



In an abandoned croft house on Harris


© 2021 Hayden Chambers


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Added on March 13, 2021
Last Updated on May 18, 2021
Tags: hebrides, harris, nostalgia, juxtaposition, memories, scotland, island, regret

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Hayden Chambers
Hayden Chambers

Northumberland, United Kingdom



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