Archive for April 22, 2008

LorainE on Lorain

ain't easy
that woman by Loraine Ritchey contact thatwb@yahoo.com

Sharing a name, if not a birthright, has over the years given me a sense of belonging and right to ownership in this town. When people denigrate Lorain(e) or say “Lorain(e) sucks!” I wonder are they talking about the town or me?

The past week I have had a tune running through my head – you know the one you can’t get rid of – that comes back to haunt- I found myself humming it as I drove along the streets looking at foreclosures, pot holes – garbage and the news of a police dept in trouble, cra posturing and plant closings. I passed by the old factory buildings , the Ohio Edison Plant -tried walking on a sidewalk next door which reminded me of how long we have had to put up with it and my mood was dour and the lyrics of the song “Dirty Old Town” stayed with me for yet another while .

I found my love by the gasworks croft
Dreamed a dream by the old canal
Kissed my girl by the factory wall
Dirty old town, dirty old town.

I heard a siren from the docks
Saw a train set the night on fire
Smelled the spring in the smokey wind
Dirty old town, dirty old town.

Clouds are drifting across the moon
Cats are prowling on their beat
Screams a girl in the street at night
Dirty old town, dirty old town.

I’m going to make a good sharp axe
Shining steel tempered in the fire
We’ll chop you down like an old dead tree
Henery Hawk
Dirty old town, dirty old town.

And then the sun came out and the colours that make up my neighborhood .the tree in the yard of my neighbor bringing beauty and fragrance – magnolia

the splashes of sunshine in the forsythia forsythia

and the daffodils dancing in the breeze in my front garden daffodils
a carpet of white violets violets
the pale green of rebirth cloaking the deadness of winter branches.

The young man rehabbing the old house on the corner,
the phone call from 6th street ”

could they paint and spruce up the Charleston Village sign on 5th street,”

Volunteers , who live all around me, taking “pride” in their “dirty old town”- the blue of the sky reflected in the waters of an inland sea-
The Lighthouse by  Henery  Hawk photo Henery Hawk
the people who try to make a difference every day , the ones that stand or sit for Lorain Brian

If you do nothing else for “pride” clean the area from your front door to the middle of your street- such a little task and if every one did that this would help this “dirty old town” called home! Truly a case where ONE can make a difference
May 10-17th is Pride Week in Lorain. Click here to download a commitment form

April 22, 2008 at 9:41 pm 14 comments

Windows by Henery

Henery has his camera clicking again here

April 22, 2008 at 11:33 am 1 comment


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