Friday, September 5, 2008

Apparition in a Tobacco Barn


Among the pictures I took yesterday was this -- the apparition of a long gone tobacco farmer, come back to judge this year's crop?

Every year when 'baccer's barned,
The sweet fragrance of drying leaf
Drifts on the mild September breeze
Uphill to where the old man lies
And stirs him from his well-earned rest
Amid the stones and plastic flowers.

Wakened, he wafts like thin blue smoke,
Swirls bodiless through time and space
Back to the barn -- the old home place.
He studies -- and allows at last--
Fine leaf -- should fetch a pretty price.
Right glad to see it still goes on.
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5 comments:

Susan M. Bell said...

The rational part of me says that is surely just a bit of dust or a smudge of some sort. But, the part of me that loves all things ghostly (photos, EVP's, etc) likes to think there might be something to that photo. Maybe someone who died many years ago while bringing in the 'baccer has decided he must be there to oversee the process still.

Pat in TN said...

Vicki, did you see that with your naked eye or just noticed it when you downloaded the pic?

There are so many beautiful old tobacco barns in and around Madison County that you just have to think it is an old tobacco farmer come back to check things out.

Vicki Lane said...

I didn't see it till I downloaded the pictures. It was first of five I took at the barn. Sooo . . . either it was condensation on the lens that went away . . . or the apparition was shy and vanished when I started taking pictures.

But when I saw the picture on my computer, I immediately thought of an old farmer coming back to check things out.

Pat in TN said...

I'm going with "or the apparition was shy and vanished when I started taking pictures." I love ghostly things too ....

Susan M. Bell said...

Yep, if you didn't see it right away...I'm going with the apparition thing as well.

How come I never get pictures like that? :)