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The essence of Winona (08/11/2013)
Part II

It’s a place with some pace but some slow now and then

Where though rather small there’s still lots happenin’

So to young and old alike, let’s stroll together and see,

See what’s happening, yes indeed

Maybe see what’s familiar or rings a bell, about this place we know pretty well

Let’s go then, back in time….back, back, back….

Back before the iPod-5 with MP-8

Which to the unknowing sounds like something way too far back and oh so out of date

Like some archaeological alpha-numeric classification of sorts

Of some grotesque creature all covered with warts

Perhaps an intelligent arthropod or maybe a multi-ped with eight legs intact

In any case, to the unknowing it’s definitely not the handheld device it is in fact

And even when explained it’s still very confusing

An Apple with a camera? That’s simply bemusing!

Come on….we’re just getting started…. here we go, back, back….

Long before Google, Twitter and the tweet

Before Internet messaging and Ctrl Alt Delete

Way before kids preferred YouTube, and carried miniature cells

Vice looking at the old boob tube or using walkie-talkie sized Bells

You’ve got to go back, yes keep going back….

To when most stores were locally owned and made of brick and mortar

When a bottle of pop at Kindt’s corner store cost a nickel, and Roger’s pork chops a quarter

Back when downtown streets were bustling and before many closed their doors

To what in modern times has become the 24/7 hustle of the big box stores

Even way before we grew to the east on taxpayer dollars, on some entrepreneurial hedge

With new lots of reclaimed land, created from sludge from the lake we did dredge

And though development as such was totally unwelcome by some

New stores were still built and from beyond every hill, oh my, did they come!

Yes some tried to stop Wal-Mart but it came nonetheless

And ironically they, too, now enjoy more for less

And so after just a few short years it’s become clear to us all

Lots of people now shop at what my mother coined the “Mud Mall”

Let’s go back further…yes back to…

Theodore L. Schoewe

 

 

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