Friday 15 January 2010

Ode to the past

small towns

settlers now dust
train stations morphed into whistle stops
forts and ports without purpose
miners and manors no longer dig or build
lumber mills burned to ash
wood burning locomotives sold for metal
massive pines raped from the land
lumber barons made rich
fishermen made poor

abandoned trading post
haunted by skeletons of ancient ghosts
beavers and foxes hunted to death

furriers and farriers no longer needed
missionaries and pioneers outstayed their welcome
decaying barns mark their places


Ontario Visual Heritage Project

for videos of past lives.

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