This Lonely Castle by the Side of a Brook

19-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Monday, June 1, 1914:

Let us smile for June is here.

June this welcome of all things bright and fair.

The month that wills so soon pass us by.

The month that will a flowery garment wear.

Nothing much doing in this lonely castle by the side of a brook.

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

DSC04312Warrior Run Creek the runs along the edge of the farm where the Muffly’s lived. If you look closely you can see the house and barn through the trees.

I love the imagery. Another month—another poem and a bored, lonely “princess.” Poor Grandma. . .

DSC04318Me standing on the bridge in 2012.

DSC04319This is the view of the farm after the brook  is crossed.

DSC04324The lonely castle

Monthly Poem

Grandma began each month with a poem. For more information, see this post:

Monthly Poem in Diary

27 Responses

  1. I love the monthly poems. I think I’ll write one, too, such a good idea.

    • I like how it adds a bit of structure to the diary. I’m amazed that Grandma was organized enough as a teen to faithfully insert a poem on the first of each month.

  2. The last line is a it of an anticlimax, isn’t it! Poor Grandma.

    • It is a bit of an anticlimax–and definitely reflects her down mood; but none the less, I like the surprise twist at the end of the poem.

  3. Such a great poem, the princess in her castle with summer on its way… Like a good poem, leaves one asking, what will it bring?!?

    • I hadn’t thought of it quite that way–but you’re absolutely right, it does encourage questions about what will happen next.

  4. Thank you Helena. ;) You have just reminded me that I haven’t yet turned the calendar to June!

  5. Aw…. that last line is so poignant. Just wait, Grandma, we all know your prince will come!

  6. Great pictures Sheryl. Helena seems restless – I hope she finds what she needs soon.
    Diana xo

  7. Helena is kind of like a flower that bursts into bloom with poetry every so often. “Nothing much doing” sometimes sounds like a mantra in her entries—then, here, she turns it into such a poignant last line of a poem.

  8. Your banner picture and the last one in the post are a good pair to compare.

  9. Just love this poem and the whole idea of a poem for the month.

  10. You and your grandmother are so lucky to live in that picturesque area! Happy June!

  11. What a wonderful connection with your Grandmother. The poem is charming. That farm is very pretty. :)

  12. […] Yeah! A friend managed to navigate her way into your lonely castle at the side of  the brook! […]

  13. I love that. “Let us smile for June is here.” I’m smiling too!

  14. Oh I’m so grateful to see photos of Helena’s home!
    You’ve probably said this before, so if so, please share the link about any conversations you’ve had with the current owners.

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