A Doomed School
Chato B. Stewart ©11/21/06
I was there the day they took down the school of
my youth. It was an cold damp overcast day on
that Massachusetts coast. The sound of heavy
equipment filled the air. As the wrecking ball
demolished the building I could hear the whispers
of the past echoing as each brick fell.
It was the end of an era, the day the school was
torn down. Yet no one was there, no one to
protest, or no one cry for him. The school was
dead, poisoned by years of neglect and red tape.
The last years of it life had no tenants, no
children’s laughter in his halls. He was and empty
shell fit for rats, bats, and refuse. He died in with
out dignity and his name sake stood till the last
It was time for progress, time for a change. Yet,
as I stood there, watch the swinging of the
wrecking ball, I felt pain in my heart for the loss of
all the memories. Here was a part of my history, a
part of my identity being demolished. Who would
tell his story, who would keep his memories alive.
Yet here I stand, just watching, saying good bye
not to the building but experiences lost, all the
untold stories all the laughter and all the sorrow.
As I watch the bulldozer take down the last
identifying mark of the school I knew it was over,
time to go. Time to say good bye.
This was the Sonet that inspired the Lincoln story and this website. I say
Sonet because it is written loosely in that poetic style. I call it that too
because most guys would not be caught dead reading poetry. This way
they can say "I read the Sonet" and not sound like a sissy.