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Remnants Of The Past

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Remnants Of The Past

Along the eroding banks of the Minnesota River
Lies a tranquil scene that will make you shiver
Where nature and man join together as one
Entwined around debris that time has spun.

Acre upon acre farther than the eye can see
Hidden underground rusted metals flee
Bogged down by mud time stands still
Where trees and brush continue to spill.

A historical town with stories to tell
Of steamboats landing under yesterday’s spell
Where mills and founderies drowned in the past
Mastered by floods the river cast. 

In the quiet river valley where eagles soar
The support of volunteers continue to pour
With trucks and skid loaders they renovate the land 
Removing the debris once left by man.

The hum of equipment echoes throughout
Giving nature a chance to sprout
Where metal and tires layer each other
Showcasing debris nature and time will smother.

Piece by piece the past is removed
But the power of the river still carves its groove
Where the trains lone whistle echoes each day
And natures growth still guides the way.

Today the river continues to fight back
Claiming its territory with a sedimentary attack 
Wave after wave it buries the past
Leaving behind a mark that will last.

Along the eroding banks of the Minnesota River
Lie remnants of the past that will make you shiver
Where nature and man grow together as one
And tales of progress are diligently spun.

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  1. Date: 6/3/2010 11:14:00 AM
    Congratulations on your poetry making it through the first round Deborah. I wish you the best in the finals. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 5/31/2010 2:58:00 PM
    Congratulations on making it through the first round of the Poetry Soup contest with this poem. Best wishes in the finals. Karen

  1. Date: 5/12/2010 3:09:00 AM
    Congratulations on your featured write this week Deborah. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 5/10/2010 1:56:00 PM
    Many congrats on your featured piece this week. Rgds Janette

  1. Date: 5/9/2010 2:36:00 PM
    Congratulations on your fine poem being featured on the Soups Homepage Deborah >> James

  1. Date: 11/20/2009 7:44:00 AM
    What an uplifting poem Deborah, a modern generation cleansing a past generations spoil. I just so adore your poetry, you have a delightful way with words >> James

  1. Date: 11/19/2009 7:01:00 PM
    wonderful poem Deborah :) it brings to life a river. i'll hope you keep writing! ------Ell