This Old Building

Fixed up an laminated
redone and resurfaced
this old building has seen it all
the feuds and forgiveness
and has felt each footstep
creaking over the floors
shoes of strangers
staying behind their journey
It has absorbed each layer of paint
felt the brush and bristles
has been covered in carpets
glued and tiled and glazed
torn apart and put together again
but after all the masking
the frame is still the same
the bricks still stand in rows
and the wood resists to bend
beneath the weight of gravity
the weight of people passing through
and time, night after day after night
this old building
still stands sturdy

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