On The Road Days 3-4   Leave a comment

Entering Memory Lane

Nearing the end of our day three drive,
we enter Minnesota, one stop before “The Cities.”
Because of our expected arrival time,
the stop would not include Mystic Lake Casino.

Arriving in Egan, Minnesota,
we will spend the next two days
with Bev and Lee – great hosts.
As expected, the conversation centered
on things Otrey, past, and present.

Most of Joy’s memories of St Paul
are of her grandparent’s small farm.
So, after breakfast on day four,
with Mom as our guide,
we drove to the old farm.

Now part of an upscale subdivision,
Joy and I followed a trail behind homes
to locate the spring where water
would be collected for drinking.
Tears connected with spirits past.

Walking under the trees near the spring,
things had physically changed,
but overshadowed by images in mind’s eye.
Now recharged, we leave with images
to be planted in our Zen fountain.

Virginia waited in the car,
later sharing childhood memories
of farming the land and building a house.
Nearby, a new school sits where
once sat the school Virginia attended.

Our next stop was Payne Avenue
on which Virginia and parents lived,
not far from the old Hamm’s Brewery.
Now abandoned, a place of employment
for a young girl and her father.

Our next stop was north to Pine City,
via the University of Minnesota campus.
An hour and half rainy drive north,
arriving at Virginia’s childhood friend,
Stella and brother Glenn’s rural home.

It was here that we first observed the many
beautiful flowers carefully gardened
by caring hands, as if to make the
best of the North Country summer.
The less we have the more we appreciate.

With little time left in the day,
we headed back to the St. Paul area,
with a quick stop by the Mall of Americas.
No memories here, only that we are
products of our materialistic “Pop” culture.


(Photo Set)

Posted July 30, 2008 by kenneturner in Family, Friends, Poetry

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