Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Window Ghosts

What a fascinating pastime it is to window shop at old and mind-mystifying buildings. 

I love the possible puzzles.
The imaginings of what happened there once upon a time.
The relics with a story to tell.
The thrill of wandering ghosts.

A few days ago, I lounged on the dentist's chair in the Office of Oral Ornateness. Smack in front of me, a large picture window framed a century-plus-twelve-years-old building—now a theatre for play performances. 

And it mesmerized me. 
The chimneys and railings and vent in the attic.
And the windows.

I was sure there must be a ghost cavorting around inside and if I kept a steely eye on the windows, I would surely spy one. 

So while I watched, I sketched the shivery building. 

And pondering the wisps of folks long gone, I studied the open slats in the attic, the rows of windows—one of them missing the wooden cross bars (a story begging to be told), the basement windows encased in stones and brickwork, the railing that appeared to descend into the realm of the basement. 

And I'm sure a ghost or two traveled past the windows, anxious to tell me their stories, to send vibrations of themselves into the wonderings of someone like me. 

So to all my ghostly friends out there
who whisper your riveting tales—
A thousand thanks.
And a smile.


Danica said...

I absolutely love this! I love seeing old buildings too, they're always so mysterious. And that is an amazing sketch.

Kimberly Krey said...

Brenda, you always have the funnest, most original posts! I love the sketch too, but even more, I love the way your brilliant mind works! You are so much fun! I miss seeing you; hopefully we can get together soon!

David P. King said...

You had me at "ghost."

And I love your imagination (unless the ghosts really were there) *cue creepy music* :)

Liesel K. Hill said...

What a great post, Brenda! I also love looking at old buildings and provocative nature scenes and imagining stories out of them. My question is where do you find them? Logan has some great old buildings. So does Salt Lake. There are some in Ogden but it probably wouldn't be safe for us to sit around staring at them. :D Any ideas?

Jennie Bennett said...

That looks like a very cool building. Where is at?

Leigh Covington said...

You've certainly got a way with words! I love it! And I love old buildings. They're so fascinating. Even imagining ghosts within! :)

Peggy Eddleman said...

I think it would be fun to live in your brain for a day. :)

And "Oral Ornateness?" That's the name of the dentist's office? That's about as fascinating as the building!

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