Tag Archives: New York (State)

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

“MY HOME” (ON THE GROUNDS OF)

MY HOME (ON THE GROUNDS OF)

 

The Main building, pictured here,

Has been over one hundred years…

The home that treats

With loving heart beats,

Mentally ill folks it clears.

Binghamton Psychiatric Hospital,

In New York State, meant to heal mental…

Illness young or old,

Come in from the cold

And join the program residential!

My Dad was in the Chaplaincy there,

At one time, for a thousand patients he cared…

With a Rabbi and Priest,

Three men at least

To guide the spiritual care.

Our family lived on the grounds,

All professional staff did to be around….

For critical calls

In resident halls,

Near full moons, you should have heard the sound!

The Main Building, built for treatment

(One of the first in the land) of the inebriate…

Last time I knew

Was vacant too,

Cutting maintenance being expedient.

 

–Jonathan Caswell

Image of the Main Building is from  http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~asylums/binghamton_ny/index.html

 

BROWN EGGS

BROWN EGGS

 

Out in my neck of the woods,

They prefer certain goods…

Our brown eggs are best

‘Cause they come to us fresh,

Any other aren’t considered as good.

I’m not afraid to be revealing

That boiled browns are not the best for peeling…

White comes off with the shell,

Deviled eggs don’t look well

I’d rather see pig fat congealing.

In New York, I grew up with white,

Now THAT’S an egg that’ll peel right…

I accept them “old”

For deviled eggs cold,

Are such a delicious sight!!!

 

–Jonathan Caswell