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INMATES’ BREAD AND OFFICER’S BREAD

INMATES BREAD AND OFFICERS BREAD

 

Appearing rather ironic

Is the effort, health-wise chronic…

To find whole-grain good

Which in old times would,

Be considered cross-class histrionics.

Early in State Hospital lore,

The funds for management were poor…

They lived on farm land

Growing on hand,

Whatever foodstuffs would endure.

Primarily oats and grains

For patients and animals remained…

Hardy and rough

Their bread was the stuff

Fortifying from the hard work gained.

Officers’ bread, meanwhile,

Was better in cultural style…

Ground and bleached flour

With real yeast, not sour

Dough, made their families smile.

These days, the formula’s reversed,

White sponge bread the masses are cursed….

But stone-ground whole grain

Is a treat worth paying

Extra for those so versed!

 

–Jonathan Caswell

 

ADIRONDACK RAILROADS

ADIRONDACK RAILROADS

Forests hide history,

Old grades degrade as we see…

New highways built

For new money spilt,

Consigning trains to memory.

But the North Creek to Tahawus line,

Is restored and running fine…

Wood products, stone

And garnet hone

The edges of rails redefined!

–Jonathan Caswell