Ozark Barn

Ozark Barns

by Joshua Heston

Barns are special places. Full haymows, cattle, chickens, dogs & cats. Old barns were built with care, a testimony to function, craftsmanship, & beauty. Little wonder they hold a special place in our hearts.

July 22, 2010

The Hens

  • The night was coming very fast; It reached the gate as I ran past.
  • The pigeons had gone to the tower of the church And all the hens were on their perch
  • Scarce heard amid the guns below.
  • Up in the barn, and I thought I heard A piece of a little purring word.
  • I stopped inside, waiting and staying, Trying to hear what the hens were saying.
  • They were asking something, that was plain, Asking it over and over again.
  • One of them moved and turned around, Her feathers made a ruffled sound,
  • A ruffled sound, like a bushful of birds, And she said her little asking words.
  • She pushed her head close under her wing, But nothing answered anything.
  • — Elizabeth Madox Roberts

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Photo credits: J. Heston. All Plates, Abandoned Barn, Devil's Well, Shannon County, Missouri (4/7/10). State of the Ozarks © Archive. July 22, 2010

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