The Crying Barn

2020 Smith, Lynn Rilean

Barn photo outside of Boulder City, MO.

Photo Credits to Lynn Rilean Smith

Do you see what I see?

The beauty and bones of this barn.

The black cow ornaments decorating the background.

The clouds whispering in the sky.

A storm is coming.

My imagination dances all over this photograph.

The loft door is exhausted.

Shelter was sought.

Love was made.

Stories were told.

Babies were born.

Food was kept.

Memoirs were written.

Whiskey was hidden.

Healing happened.

Children listened.

Hide and seek played.

Tobacco smoked.

Preacher’s spoke.

Beds were made of straw.

Families prayed.

Mama’s wept.



Tear stained hay.

2020, Smith, Lynn Rilean


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