Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Poetry Tuesday: "Apartment House" by Gerald Raftery by Gerald Raftery



Apartment House

A filling-cabinet of human lives
Where people swarm like bees in tunneled hive,
Each to his own cell in the towered comb,
Identical and cramped--we call it home.

--Gerald Raftery

32 comments:

Joann Mannix said...

Perfect description of an apartment. I am not an apartment lover. Too claustrophobic for me!

Identical and cramped, indeed.

Bonnie said...

Hahaha this is great. Brings back memories of the old apartment days. Don't miss them at all! :)

Have a great day!

xoxo,
Bonnie

Madi and Mom said...

Short and 100% to the point!!!
When we were first married we lived about two swinging-single guys. They actually told us if they got too rowdy to stomp on the floor in a particular place to let them know. We did and they were kind enough to tune down their festivities. We were fortunate to have good neighbors. But we have heard some horror stories.
Madi and Mom

Madi and Mom said...

PS 'about' should have been 'above'!!
M&M

The Empress said...

No one knows it's home, but it is to you....

Cheeseboy said...

A human filing cabinet... yep that pretty much explains it.

Old Kitty said...

Hi

Just popped over to say a big hello!!! And I loved that poem and the pic - very apt!

I'm lucky that although I'm one fo the drones, the building I work in is "listed" and is authentic art deco so it's quite aesthetically pleasing. Except the air conditioning or heating never works! LOL!

Take care
x

Talli Roland said...

Great description of life in a box!

Miss Fit said...

Our first home was an apartment and it was lovely...on the inside! Great poem btw. It makes me smile to remember apartment days.

Sara said...

Ohhh, this makes me squirm. I'm an open-fields kind of girl, myself.

The Chicken's Consigliere said...

It does sort of look like a bee hive.

Beth said...

Makes me glad I live in a house! :)

Aging Mommy said...

Being wanderers for so many years from country to country I have lived in plenty of apartments. I actually think apartment living would be great - if you could just eliminate the sounds and smells of all your neighbors!! Nothing worse than listening to the party next door, still going strong at 5am in the morning......

Jordan said...

This is perfect! Oh apartment buildings, where everyone knows what's for dinner.

Ms. Anthropy said...

I've never lived in one of THOSE types of apartments, but that verse describes it well.

Ann said...

Love the poem and it's a perfect description. I don't know that I could handle living in a filing cabinet.

sherri said...

Gerald Rafferty - not to be confused with Jerry Rafferty (baker st.). And...I'm a child of the seventies. cool poem and pic.

ModernMom said...

Poetry of the city! Love it:)

sarahjayne smythe said...

Wow. Loved the picture and the verse. :)

Theresa Milstein said...

That's exactly how I've felt about giant apartment buildings, but I just haven't written about it so eloquently.

Barb said...

That rocks Betty. It reminds me of an apartment I lived in years ago.

Alyssa said...

I love the poem...but I love the photo even more.

Julie said...

Makes me feel like I can't breath!!
I love SPACE!!

Ally said...

Great poem and as an apartment dweller since I moved out of Mom's house, I can truly say it sucks living in a cramped space :(

Roland D. Yeomans said...

Poetry that matches my efficiency apartment so small that when I sneeze I get a bruise on my forehead and the back of my head as well!

Friends seem to like this haiku of mine :

Dreams drift like clouds,
I reach to touch the moon,
I grasp but empty night.

Visit my blog if you're of a mind, Roland

India Drummond said...

That photo is depressing... fantastic poem. Thanks for sharing it.

Double Wide Mom said...

I think I memorized this in the third grade, unless its a new poem, but it sounds strangely familiar.

Shannon E. Kennedy said...

what came first? the photo and then the words? or the words and then the photo?

I know I can count on your site to be visually and intellectually stimulating

Betty Manousos:cutand-dry.blogspot.com said...

Lovely pic and verse!:)
Big hugs!
Betty

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Christian Traughber said...

What a fabulous poem! And the apartment reminds me of my last crib a few years ago. Unfortunately, I have to move out to another place, because of my new job. But now I'm happier living in my new apartment here in Huntsville. It's clean, it's safe and it's peaceful as well.

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