image by glenn buttkus.
“The two best days of school--the first
& the last.”--Anonymous
The country school house
was abandoned in 1960,
when there just wasn’t
enough children to merit
keeping it open.
Kids grew up and became hippies.
leaving all the farms
to their aging parents.
The sign fell down after its post rotted. Wild grass,
thistles and brambles grew over it, making it
disappear for years; as it became oxidation’s bitch.
The dangerous curve
it once warned about,
claimed the life
of a nine-year old girl,
three dogs, and
a couple of raccoons.
For a time, the few children that were left, were all
bussed twenty-three miles away to a community
cluster of schools in a small town. Now those busses
are rusting hulks in farmer’s fields. Too soon most of
the small farms were bought out by huge corporate
combines & building contractors.
Where have all the child-
ren gone? Off to the wars, more
fodder for cities.
Posted over at dVerse Poets Pub