New England

by Joseph Lewis

I was going to take a trip to Montana
but Vermont seemed a better escape.
How do they make maple syrup, I wonder,
are covered bridges really that safe?

I see a photo of farmhouse and barn,
rather lonely despite the scenery.
The people up there like it that way,
seasons of snow and all the greenery.

Then there's the rocky coast of Maine,
the neverending sound of waves,
a two-master tilts in a strong wind
as fishermen rest in their graves.

Maybe I'll visit Concord one day
to watch the Minutemen on parade.
But I'll have to wait until I retire,
reading my Fodor's instead!

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