Another Century

Vol. XIV No. 4 - FALL/WINTER 2003-4

By: Kathy Gemperle

The house is poorly dressed in
depression brick
of tired white and brown
the columns holding the
wide front porch that once
provided respite from
household demands
worn from
weathered assaults to the
stand firm
the windows crusted with paint
and urban film
creak when opened for
gentle breezes from the lake
But it is still standing
on a block
Where after one hundred years
the others have been
one remains
caught between the
corner store and the
apartment hotel
confined and precious
a glimpse of elegance

Copyright © 2003 by Kathryn Duskey Gemperle. All Rights Reserved

(This poem was written after a visit to the beautiful home at 6212 N. Winthrop in preparation for the Spring 2002 Home Tour)