A Woman's Voice

INSPIRATIONAL POEMS ~ The Old Farmhouse ~ August 31, 2011 by Shirley Sarafinchan

My Sister’s Voice 

This poem was originally written on April 30th, 1981 about an old farmhouse that was once home to a family but some time later I associated it with abused women. In essence, it reminded me of women who strive so very hard to make homes for their families.  No matter how hard they try, they are worn down and battered.  Finally they have the opportunity and the strength to stand up for their rights and to free themselves from their bondage to at last find the peace and solace that they so richly deserve.  The old farmhouse is a symbol of a refuge for abused women.


Amid the fields it stands so alone, so serene, so peaceful, yet filled with an emptiness all its own, this old farmhouse that was once called home.

Its shingles torn and tattered, windows scarce of glass, doors hanging by a single hinge alas this old farmhouse so battered.

What secrets dare to lie within its walls, love, laughter, fun and joy, echoes of little children running down the halls, tears, sorrow and pain for loved ones lost.

Music must have filled the nights with sounds of crickets and birds in flight, the sweet scent of the prairie harvest and wild flowers a pleasant sight.

The tantalizing aroma of freshly baked bread reaching every corner of the old farmhouse and early morning sunrises filling each room full of light, the warmth from the wood stove soon to spread. 

Memories fill this old farmhouse, nothing more is really left but, it has served its purpose in this life and now alone, it can be at rest.

Thank you Shirley.

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  1. Lorraine Gauthier said,

    Great article Shirely!!! Now we have a Poet in the family!!

  2. I am so proud of you Shirley!! Wisdom brings out the best in all of us, and so does life’s rich experiences. Keep writing!!

  3. Andrea said,

    It is so nice to get to know you in a different way, through your writing. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful and moving poem.

    • Shirley Sarafinchan said,

      Thanks Andrea, I think it is so awesome your Mom opened the door for so many of us to express ourselves through our writing. I love to write but I haven’t shared too much of it over the years and now I feel more than ready to do just that! A woman’s Voice has given me the opportunity to speak out in many different ways. I’m really looking forward to reading your blog next Monday! See you soon!

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