Chillin’ on the Wall


Guineas are odd looking birds. I understand they are very good security guards and will make quite a racquet if strangers come around. I saw this pair on the wall of the Martin, Pa. Post Office when I was there last September. Martin is what is left of the coal mining era when coke was king. Coke ovens burned all along the railroad tracks. This is tiny post office for this small coal patch. Only a few of the original houses are still there.

A pair of Guineas

Chillin’ on Post Office wall

Walking in the rain




Photos: Dwight L. Roth

Stacked (Haiku)


Rocks carefully stacked

Withstood one hundred winters

Roots and bushes grow


Walls last a lifetime

Ditches remain // water flows

Still hold back the bank


Corners stacked plumb

Unmoved by ice, rain, or snow

Steps long gone with time


Skilled craftsmen laid stone

with precision and great pride

It outlived them all


Photos are of the stone wall across from the Leckrone Company Store, near Masontown, Pa. It is stacked stone without mortar that has lasted many years. My understanding is that it was the retaining wall in front of the old post office that still sits in overgrown brush on the hillside above the wall.  I took these photos when my two brothers and I visited my home town last weekend. We went back to remember, and dig up some bits and pieces of our past life when we were young more than fifty years ago.