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 thoughts on “This Lonely Castle by the Side of a Brook

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

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

  1. 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.

    1. I’m always surprised how quickly the months fly by as marked by the monthly poems. I think that this poem is my all-time favorite of her monthly poems.

  2. 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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