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WHAT SAYS “NEW ENGLAND” ?

My model layout wanders it seems

Away from cherished themes…

What for you

Says “New England” too,

Beyond operational schemes?

 Does NISSEN BREAD,

MOXIE, barns red,

SPAGS and stores

With “colonial” decors,

Monuments to Revolutionary dead?

Dairies and granite quarries

In earlier days held stories…

Ice cream and views

Along the Turnpike count too,

And whaling ship stories!

Broad “a’s” in speech,

A Kennedy’s reach…

Where Plymouth Rock stays

And Sturbridge Village ways

Are preserved to history teach!

So for my small train set,

What industries are best…

Beverages and rock salt

Metals, food stuffs sought,

And historic touristy nests?

Gravel still travels by train,

Lumber and minerals same…

Environmental ire

Has dampened coal fired

Power plants, but garbage still flames!

A water-powered mill

And museum of trains fit the bill…

For small excursions

Of rich incursions into filling the local till!

Do you think I’ll have enough room,

I figure some things will die soon…

New England gives

And takes to live,

But survival cannot be assumed!

–Jonathan Caswell

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IT HAPPENS SOMETIMES…!

Even old New Englanders say,

The beans can get away…

Something wrong

Breaks into song–

We get bean bullets Sunday!

It happened occasionally,

My parents would agree…

In the crockpot

The batch was shot,

So we ate them CAREFULLY!

It happened this weekend too,

Beans she could hardly chew…

She had teeth pulled

so we mulled

Over just what to do.

I have my evening meal,

For the next few days I feel…

But first the soup

I thickened to gloop,

For breakfast to seal the deal!

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–Jonathan Caswell