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  • Richard Keelings photos of Seven Empty Buildings, inspired this text.

    The Gazebo
    The mothers sat and gossiped as Amy swang higher and higher. The gossip grew into laughter. The little girl pumped and pumped higher and higher until …

    A House for Sale
    Ethyl, “That’s where they said Emily served the brandy”.
    Sybil, “Never shoulda drank. Ya know, if he hadn’t drank, he’d never be in this predicament”.

    The Shell of a Burned Out Church
    The boys never meant to throw the cigarette into the trash, that set the curtain on fire, that grew to the scaffolding around the rectory. Father Donnelly should have recycled those papers in the white paper bin, like I told him.

    The Village Jail
    Shee-ite it’s cold in here. Damned sheriff has locked me in here to freeze while he’s off dilly dallying with the damned barkeep.

    A Lookout Center at Riverside Park
    That’s where I want to build it. Right over there in that valley. They said $40 an acre but I can whittle it down to $30 and with the first crop we’ll be in the green.

    An Abandonned Raise Cabin
    Josh, I can’t make it down the stairs. Please, go for the doc, I know the times soon. Emily put some water on to boil.

    A Supermarket Undergoing Demolition
    Every since the new Walmart went in up the road there just hasn’t been the traffic round here. Why should people shop here if they can do their banking, get their prescriptions and buy their groceries and their shoes shined all in one place?
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