Ohio River Driven

Poem based on Part I of a scenic drive taken along the Indiana towns along the Ohio River.  Part II will be today, probably. 🙂

Greek Revival Towns Along the Indiana Side of the Ohio River I 07112020

Ohio River Driven
by Michael Doyle

Two hour drive to catch a bit of history
Taking in the Greek Revival mystery
Along side the Ohio River Scenery
Whiskey, gambling and a historic cemetery

Chasing circles from a guide book all around
Until things out of order are eventually found
Across the street, I spot a certain Model-T
Things that speak of small town and liberty

From the aged distillery of Seagram and Sons
To the river towns of Aurora and Rising Sun
There's a feeling of catching all the details
Of how each river town lives in its feel

So much of this is iconoclast
That despite being lost, I have a blast
Hearing the past call out to me
From the Beecher Church prayed in its possibility

I stop at a memorial to say a short prayer
Giving thanks to the war dead and those who still care
Enough to give part, all, and know some gave more
Betting they'd wonder at our present shaken to its core

Each age lives and lived its own unique history
Some times in prosperity; others in misery
The lessons learned are life is what we make it
We must live ours with integrity and not fake it

We'll leave our children's children our legacy
With moments taken; some even legendary
And some day, some fool will take a drive
Chasing circles and wondering how we managed to survive

(c) July 11, 2020  Michael Doyle
All Rights Reserved

Greek Revival Towns Along the Indiana Side of the Ohio River I 07112020





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