Hope – A Photo

This building was tumbled down and covered with wooden boards carrying these hopeful little homilies.  I walked past it every day on my way into Speightstown when I was in Barbados last year.

I don’t know any more about it, but it raised lots of questions.  Why take the trouble to pain the door when everything else on the building is rotting and mouldy?  Why affix the wooden boards?  Who had the key to the padlock?  What was going in inside to need a new electricity meter?

Is it a metaphor in wood and plaster?  Someone had some hope, at one time or another.

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  1. Jill Goldberg

     /  January 28, 2012

    Yip, it’s a puzzle alright. Maybe the slow beginnings of a humble new church group, or the gradual death of an existing one. Maybe it’s just a front for the manufacture of crystalmethamphetamines….. (sorry, am in cynical and grumpy mood today).
    But it is a lovely door. I am fond of doors.

    • Ha! It’s amusing how often the most likely back story hinges on drug dealing….. I’ve made several trips to a retreat house in Massachusetts and spent hours speculating on the constant flow of UPS delivery trucks to the house next door, which generally turned on a clandestine still or illicit factory in the basement. Turns out it was a mail order cheesemaking business. Both satisfyingly odd as an explanation, but disappointingly legal!


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