08 Aug Times of the sign
Don´t seek an elaborate sign pointing here
Don´t even look for one that is bright
and clear with freshly laid colors, or one just plain
but prominently displayed:
The Old Monastery Hostel
So many travelers have passed through this house
of one man´s labor and dreams. Strangers arrive
and leave as friends; lovers meet, encounters end,
vanishing into regular lives.Like a woman
walking away from the light, moments may pale
in the mind, disappearing into the night
but this place stays.
Memories gather and dissipate,
like shifting clouds, drifting far…
on your heart they remain as lovely scars.
At the entrance to the driveway you may spy
the only understatement he planted for a sign;
a well worn board, painted white, sunk in the overgrowth
and draped by vines. As if carved deep in the wood,
the weathered black letters endure –
indelible in this space of time.
Virginia Barrett, 2005
The sign was down now for several years,
stored away, faded and brocken,
but not forgotten.
Careful hands brought up the letters again,
adding an accent
not to change the bord´s worn nature,
but to let it endure for some more time…..