Small Town Walking Tour

This sidewalk
—yes sir, with all the cracks—
once felt the steps of a bustling mill-town
and Buffalo Bill Cody

This is a place peppered with heirloom
descendants of Johnny Appleseed
and his trees and the streets
are either royal or boreal

and while this yellow house was white
for ages, it is the original color now
—it’s not wrong, your memory
just doesn’t reach back that far, ma’am—

The old bank building rounding a hundred
years ago had a violent robbery
—no, it doesn’t really look like
a bank now, does it—

and that belfry above the Universalists
—yes, it has window slats missing—
is old too.


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