Brown’s Junction


Brown’s Junction

A wide dirt road runs through the center of town

with all of the shops lined up along each side.

There rests a log cabin style building with a

wooden sign swinging in the breeze, announcing ‘Grocer.’

Next to the grocer are hotel, dress shop, and bank,

all coated with a fine layer of dirt and dust.

Standing sentry in front of each building is a row of

long troughs and sturdy wooden posts for tethering horses.

Hay bales are stacked crookedly on the wooden planks that serve as a porch.

The other side of the street boasts a feed store,

tannery, and blacksmith shop, all over 100 years old.

At the very end of the road, suitably enough,

is a small yet charming church, complete with

a tall white steeple and large brass bell.

Each of these pieces of history has been

honored and well-maintained, so that

they may be appreciated by all who show an interest.

And as I move through this snapshot of history

my mind wanders along a parallel course.

How many years will it be before this same fate

befalls Los Angeles?  Or New York?  Or Washington?

How many generations before our lives,

our rituals, our superstitions and habits and professions

become nothing more than a bit of interesting trivia?

How long before we are obsolete?


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SavVySam commented on Brown’s Junction


A thought provoking and bracing question you pose the reader...Interesting piece!



Sam, thank you so much for the lovely comment!

ginga commented on Brown’s Junction


simone, certainly a provocative scene you painted here and your questioning of cities becoming ghost towns is something to give pause to. Interesting. ginga



Yes, I was trying to provoke a certain stream of thoughts. Thanks for the comments!

MindNumbing commented on Brown’s Junction


Very interesting questions, and I do believe that it really is only a matter of time before the future generations or possibly even some other species will be walking thru our cities as if they are museums. This makes me think a little bit of the Will Smith movie "I Am Legend"... just because of the vivid imagery depicted and the destruction of civilization. Nicely done :)



Thank you so much for the great feedback! I was really hoping to inspire the reader to think along those lines and I'm so glad it's accomplished what I was hoping for! Thanks for reading!!

kmooney commented on Brown’s Junction


Certainly something to think about. How long before the towns of our generation become ghost towns? Makes me think of places like Chernobyl in Russia or Three Mile Island or Movies like Planet of the Apes. I like your style. Very readable and smooth. Very different from my own. Good for story telling. Thanks again for sharing...K



Thank you so much for the comments! I was hoping the reader would start thinking along those lines and I'm glad it looks like I accomplished what I set out for. This was another assignment from my poetry class and I almost didn't post it. Thanks for the great feedback!!

When power leads man towards arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the area of man's concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) Thirty-fifth President of the USA

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