Private Property (Thursday Doors)

ING—no mice, no men.
Cat’s away,
but no mice
may play—(not even dust mice)–
I am WARNING you.

This handsome building sits empty–hopefully awaiting renovation. The signs on the door say WARNING/ NO TRESPASSING in duplicate with some kind of official city buildings condemned sign. The boarded up and graffitied windows add that it’s PRIVATE PROPERTY.

It does have a rather stern door guardian keeping watch.

The W3 prompt from Muri this week was to write a blitz poem about mice. I tried, but I just can’t write a blitz. A shadorma, however…and mice are no problem either. Speaking of No, the poem also fits nicely into Sarah’s No!Vember prompt at dVerse.

And look for more doors here at Thursday Doors, hosted by Dan Antion.

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52 responses to “Private Property (Thursday Doors)”

  1. merrildsmith says :

    You are right about the stern-faced guardian. I like the details on the roof and windows. I suspect the mice (and rats) will ignore the warnings–which the inhabitants of the adjacent buildings may not appreciate.

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  2. Ingrid says :

    It certainly looks like you’d be ill-advised to trespass here!


  3. Dan Antion says :

    I love the poem. Kudos to you for managing multiple prompts. The building does look like one should stay clear. I can only imagine what it will be like once restored. It has so many good features. I don’t think the finished product, or any subdivided portion of it, will fall into my price range, but…

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  4. Aletha Kuschan says :

    New Yorkers of the era of that building must have been very fit, walking up so many flights of stairs every day in their own homes!

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  5. Liz Gauffreau says :

    That’s a beautiful building. I hope someone is able to bring it back to its former glory.

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  6. Gillena Cox says :

    Well done to both prompts. Luv the strength of the warning line.


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  7. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) says :

    It looks very unwelcoming…

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  8. Colleen M. Chesebro says :

    What a door guardian! He’s scary! They just don’t make buildings like this anymore. I’m always amazed at the beauty of the doors and ornamentation.

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  9. Jill Kuhn says :

    It definitely has character!

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  10. D. Avery @shiftnshake says :

    How intriguing. What lies behind that well guarded door?

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  11. Claudia McGill says :

    I love this poem. The building has good bones. It will thrive.

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  12. Teagan Riordain Geneviene says :

    It’s so sad to see lovely buildings going to ruin. But I love this post. Hugs on the wing.

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  13. robertawrites235681907 says :

    I hope this building is restored, Kerfe. Your poem really highlights to look and feel of neglect in this situation.

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  14. sunhesper says :

    Fabulous shadorma—and guardian! I would feel a chill just standing as close to him as you got for the photo!

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    • memadtwo says :

      Thanks Sun. I see these guardians everywhere now. It amazes me that they never entered my consciousness before I started looking at doors. Imagine how many other things I’ve missed! and still miss, most likely.

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  15. memadtwo says :

    No dust mice, that’s a good one. Love these architectural posts. N.


  16. msjadeli says :

    Would love to hit the lotto and buy it. A dream come true. Lady Luck, please walk my way!

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  17. boundlessblessingsblog says :

    Lovely poem and the doors too are architectural marvels.


  18. Frank @ Beach Walk Reflections says :

    Now that’s a grand building!

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  19. Bela Johnson says :

    Hopefully someone will come along and add life and update the place! 😘

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  20. D. Wallace Peach says :

    I hope the building gets renovated and finds new life, besides mice. The cornice is lovely too. I enjoyed your poem, Kerfe. Playful and stern at the same time. 🙂

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