Built upon a steadfast New England blueprint

This pioneer Shangri-La feels like it should still echo

With the hum of streetcars

Or the creak of stagecoach wheels

Endless occasions call residents to the Village Green

Where signs implore residents and passers-through to contemplate character traits like “moral courage” and “tolerance”

Under the hard stares of stately old churches

Keep walking north

And the building facades fade back from the street

Into antiseptic structures best viewed from car windows

Until the sidewalk ends


Poem ©Tracy Zollinger Turner, 2014. These pieces were originally used to frame the exhibit 25 on High in Columbus, Ohio’s Urban Art Space.