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Which to the unknowing sounds like something way too far back and oh so out of date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