Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Three Muses - Vintage

I'm not sure this qualifies as vintage, but it is evocative of days gone by.  In rural Illinois where I grew up, the landscape was dotted with manicured little farms, each almost self-sufficient.  Today, many of these little homesteads are vacant and have fallen into disrepair.  The tidy barns are neglected and falling down.  It saddens me to see this bucolic style of life becoming a thing of the past.   This is a tribute to all those Illinois farmers of long ago....such as the one remembered in this Carl Sandburg poem....

Bury this old Illinois farmer with respect.
He slept the Illinois nights of his life
     After days of work in Illinois cornfields.
Now he goes on a long sleep.
The wind he listened to in the cornsilk and the tassels,
the wind that combed his red beard
zero mornings when the snow
lay white on the yellow ears
in the bushel basket at the corncrib,
The same wind will now blow
over the place here where his hands
must dream of Illinois corn. 

Thank you for visiting, and sharing my nostalgia!
Credits:  Background - Ruby Blossom.   House and silhouette googled.


  1. How lovely, Bev! I, too, am sad to see all the lovely, old architecture disappear from the landscape. Tract homes are so boring. The farmhouse you've portrayed has real character...it's a wonderful piece!

  2. A beautiful vintage collage and yes sad to see this history neglect!!

  3. I love this Bev the poem is wonderful and his representation as a shadow is perfect...very beautiful and touching!!!

  4. A great and touching poem and a wonderful collage. When you talk and "art" about your roots and your love of country and the life of a prairie gal you do it so beautifully and touchingly. As I always say, you have the ability to take us there and even have us imagine that we can smell the countryside. Perfect.

  5. Wonderful, I hope this is going into your treasure box. Beautiful work.

  6. What a fabulous reminder of your past, Bev!
    In England barns are very popular for conversion into country house, do they not do the same in the US?

  7. What a nice and touching tribute. I love the collage and the lighting. Makes me sad too. I always feel that way when I see a house like that, always wonder what family lived there, and what became of them? I always wanted to live in a house like that!

  8. Ooooh, soooo sad!
    I come from country too, and I completely feel your nostalgia on my one!
    Beautiful collage Bev!

  9. What a sad and beautiful tribute to days gone by. Bev, this is really moving, especially with the addition of the poem.

  10. It's rather sad and quite touching but very evocative of a past now gone. Yes, we are there with you! Beautiful Bev.xx

  11. This is a fabulous vintage collage and a great tribute to the old farmers. The Sandburg poem is spot on!

  12. Lovely collage and interesting to see what it was like in the past over there.

  13. I believe you have captured 'vintage' very well, the shadow of the farmer and poem sent shivers down my spine. Well done.

  14. what a wonderful post full of memories! i love this collage!

  15. I would love to live in house like that now. What a shame to let them rot away. Wonderful collage!