More than a crumbling roof,

Behind the Castle was proof…

That patients were taught

Careers well-caught,

And no—this isn’t a spoof!

At one time  these buildings served tactical

Planning toward the practical…

Ways patients could

Contribute good

Things to socirty ethical.

But when the state ordered closed,

Most of the Center it supposed…

Training could be

In the community,

To which some were greatly opposed!

No matter, that was all done,

And buildings once used are over-run…

With rot and decay

Bulldozed away,

No thought gto their time in the sun.

Once a moth—or every third week–

Mom would herself treat…

With a “permanent” hairdo

And take me too,

When I was a little shaver meek ( ? ).

My brother was welcome there too,

The Chaplain’s kids..special guests who…

Treated like royalty

When small especially,

These buildings where memories grew!

–Jonathan Caswell


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