ART & POETRY By PAUL & KATHY BOECHER©
The painting is of a barn on the Erickson Farmstead in Isanti, Minnesota. The entire complex is in the process of restoration. It’s already undergone a great deal of work and is being used to host weddings, meetings and other events. Sometime we look at old farms as a fleeting memory of another time and place, but like us, they still can serve a purpose in their old age. Paul attended an event there this weekend and was able to capture this barn and vintage car on canvas.
The old barn stood strong for ages, with nary a bruise to its sides,
Through storms, hard times, through births and deaths, her sturdy timbers survived,
If a structure contains strong bones, it always can be restored,
When those who chose to rebuild it, have faith which can’t be ignored,
The heart to bring back her glory, offers sweat and blood and tears,
The result outshines the labor, providing many more years,
Its function may change with the times, but still it remains the same,
A strong, old barn with newfound dreams, new life it will now inflame,
We can reap such restoration, when faith is built on the Rock,
That strongest of all foundations stays active around the clock.