Monday, November 16, 2009

Reader Poem: Goodbye Water Tower

An anonymous 365 reader posted the poem below in response to a post on the borough's decision to dismantle the water tower on North Avenue. Enjoy:

The steel beast built tall and strong, a service to the industry it once belonged.

The safety of the workers so they won’t be wronged, was the Garwood water tower.

One hundred years ago it was raised from the surface to stand watch. Yet stayed on beyond the life of the plant it looked after. It lived there with no apparent purpose ‘cept to be a structure that we all came to know and yet not really acknowledge what it accomplished in the past. The plant and tower now sleep together.

It was a symbol of America’s might. With products made and always right. Stood tall thru day and night, within the sight of all residents below.

It was the Garwood Water Tower.

There comes a time, when we stop looking back, the cherished thoughts still within our minds. Yet the march of time always changes things, sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse, but change we must call progress, none the less. The proud strength that once was will never be. Piece by piece, it returns to earth. We must say goodbye to a friend we never really knew, but was always quietly there.

We must say good bye.

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