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Soldiers Grove Stanza

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-written in solidarity with Spokane

In Soldiers Grove the Kickapoo has
Entwined among its piney banks
The shady form of greening mythos,
Which takes as motto: “Thanks–no thanks!”
Where once the village taverns numbered
In double-digits, floods encumbered
The pour, and city fathers moved
To move the village. Once approved
The people cast their lot with science
To capture solar-paneled fire
Upon a hill. Now higher and drier
Than amber bottled self-reliance–
Our thirsty tongues can still recall
How shadows made the sunlight fall.

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  1. Matthew Lickona says

    I guess you weren’t kidding about the camping opportunities.

  2. Used to be something back in the day. There should be a movie like Promised Land about the solar industry wrecking a town like that.

  3. Quin Finnegan says

    Nice; “amber bottled self-reliance” is nice tie-in with the previous post!

  4. Jonathan Potter says

    Spokane and Soldiers Grove, sister cities.

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