Bright Song

 Beauty is God’s handwriting––a wayside sacrament. 
Welcome it in every fair face, in every fair sky, in every fair flower, 
and thank God for it as a cup of blessing. 
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Bright Song
By Elece hollis
 
Beside the steam I found them 
Sunlit iris wild.
I stopped and walked among them with
 Wonder of a child.
 
I sat down and I listened
And I began to hear
Music from the forest, the ocean,
Coming near.
 
I think I heard a mountain 
Singing a sweet air
A melody, a tune, a hymn, a ballad 
I could share.
 
So I joined in the singing, 
The serenade of light;
An anthem, a soft lullaby, a sonnet,
Chorus bright.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Buildings Reclaimed by the Prairie

An old hotel built of stone, old schools, roadside motel and a rock house abandoned to undergrowth are reclaimed eventually by the prairie that mothered them.

Have you driven past this old hotel in Muskogee? I’ll bet you have. It was last used as a hunting supply store and is located on highway 16 which enters Muskogee from the West and is named Okmulgee Street.

This was the front office. It is overgrown with vines, signs are gone and windows are missing. The rear cabins each stood separate and housed one traveling family.

The cabins are constructed of flat native stones as are many park cabins and shelters that were built by the W.P.A. in the dust bowl days of the Great Depression.

The arch above each “cabin” was outlined with bricks, possibly bricks from the Boynton Brick Factory. Now the property is abandoned and the prairie has reasserted itself in every crack and crevice. Shrubs and grass and weeds and trees are breaking up concrete and stone work.

Time and weather have rotted doors and window frames. Animals have found shelter along with hobos and vagabonds. Neighborhood children may have played here and teens lingered in the forsaken roadside rooms.

At night I imagine owls haunt the spaces.

What was this place like in 1950? I imagine an old car parked at one of the cabins, a father carrying a box of food and some luggage to the door. A child is playing in the grassy area out behind the motel. A mother seated in a old wooden chair nursing her baby in the welcome shade of a Osage Orange tree.

God has erased the scene with time and change and covered it with vines and branches, grass and wildflowers. I heard birds singing overhead, cicadas thrumming their afternoon songs, and wind like ghosts moving in the shadowy places making leaves shiver.The prairie wins!

Buildings Reclaimed by the Prairie

An old hotel built of stone, old schools, roadside motel and a rock house abandoned to undergrowth are reclaimed eventually by the prairie that mothered them.

Have you driven past this old hotel in Muskogee? I’ll bet you have. It was last used as a hunting supply store and is located on highway 16 which enters Muskogee from the West and is named Okmulgee Street.

This was the front office. It is overgrown with vines, signs are gone and windows are missing. The rear cabins each stood separate and housed one traveling family.

The cabins are constructed of flat native stones as are many park cabins and shelters that were built by the W.P.A. in the dust bowl days of the Great Depression.

The arch above each “cabin” was outlined with bricks, possibly bricks from the Boynton Brick Factory. Now the property is abandoned and the prairie has reasserted itself in every crack and crevice. Shrubs and grass and weeds and trees are breaking up concrete and stone work.

Time and weather have rotted doors and window frames. Animals have found shelter along with hobos and vagabonds. Neighborhood children may have played here and teens lingered in the forsaken roadside rooms.

At night I imagine owls haunt the spaces.

What was this place like in 1950? I imagine an old car parked at one of the cabins, a father carrying a box of food and some luggage to the door. A child is playing in the grassy area out behind the motel. A mother seated in a old wooden chair nursing her baby in the welcome shade of a Osage Orange tree.

God has erased the scene with time and change and covered it with vines and branches, grass and wildflowers. I heard birds singing overhead, cicadas thrumming their afternoon songs, and wind like ghosts moving in the shadowy places making leaves shiver.The prairie wins!

Exploring Muskogee

I have found a sweet place to stop and relax in Muskogee! It is called Harmony House –  Eatery and Bakery. The tables are covered with bright old fashioned tablecloths and the settings mix and match like the salt and pepper shakers. The proprietress has created a charming little hideaway in the front rooms of this fine old mansion house.

A corner cupboard displays china teapots. Large windows let sunlight in through white lace curtains. Can you believe this great huge front door? The windows were over sized also.

I ordered the Wednesday special which was Chicken Tetrazinni with a fresh delicious salad, hot rolls, and iced tea. There was a treat of four quarter cookies of different flavors arranged on a saucer at each plate so to tempt one to purchase a dozen from the bakery. A lady dining at the next table was served a strawberry cupcake that was a work of art. Even though the cookies I ate (oatmeal with raisin and walnuts) were delicious, I wished I had ordered a cupcake.
 
This is one of the dining rooms. A porch is being renovated and fitted for outdoor dining and breakfast will soon be added to the luncheon menu. A drive-in window will allow you to purchase bakery items. The stained glass bird art piece covered a large window.
 
 
The Harmony House eatery and Bakery is an
impressive white house with a columned porch and two majestic lions guarding the entrance. It is located at 
 208 S 7th St. (From Okmulgee street heading east, pass the library and turn on 7th and south a block). The phone number is 918-687-8653.
If you know me you know, I loved all the flowers best of it all.

Exploring Muskogee

I have found a sweet place to stop and relax in Muskogee! It is called Harmony House –  Eatery and Bakery. The tables are covered with bright old fashioned tablecloths and the settings mix and match like the salt and pepper shakers. The proprietress has created a charming little hideaway in the front rooms of this fine old mansion house.

A corner cupboard displays china teapots. Large windows let sunlight in through white lace curtains. Can you believe this great huge front door? The windows were over sized also.

I ordered the Wednesday special which was Chicken Tetrazinni with a fresh delicious salad, hot rolls, and iced tea. There was a treat of four quarter cookies of different flavors arranged on a saucer at each plate so to tempt one to purchase a dozen from the bakery. A lady dining at the next table was served a strawberry cupcake that was a work of art. Even though the cookies I ate (oatmeal with raisin and walnuts) were delicious, I wished I had ordered a cupcake.
 
This is one of the dining rooms. A porch is being renovated and fitted for outdoor dining and breakfast will soon be added to the luncheon menu. A drive-in window will allow you to purchase bakery items. The stained glass bird art piece covered a large window.
 
 
The Harmony House eatery and Bakery is an
impressive white house with a columned porch and two majestic lions guarding the entrance. It is located at 
 208 S 7th St. (From Okmulgee street heading east, pass the library and turn on 7th and south a block). The phone number is 918-687-8653.
If you know me you know, I loved all the flowers best of it all.