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    West

    by David Knape
    no town could have
    a simpler name
    or a better people

    a town that had its roots
    buried deep in Czech heritage
    for it was immigrant Czechs
    who built the town
    and made the farms
    which gave the town
    the work ethic and pride
    that made its reputation

    until the explosion

    wiped half of it off the map
    and reduced the plant and buildings
    to outlines on the ground
    14 were killed
    and all forever scarred
    on this day of terrible tragedy

    it made the news
    and put the town in the national spotlight
    because they said
    you could wipe it out but
    you could not wipe out the strength
    of those Czech immigrants whose blood
    still ran through their descendants
    and whose unwavering faith and perserverence
    would provide them courage to rebuild

    they knew what they had to do
    they would help each other
    and survive
    for no town could have

    a simpler name
    or a better people.

    © d.knape

    April 23, 2013
    More "Once Upon A Line" - Light verse and poetry by d.knape

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