Mt. Vernon’s Monument

Baltimore, Maryland

Baltimore, Maryland

In Mt. Vernon, four little parks

anchor a monument reaching to the sky.

Our first Washington monument, and it

stands over one hundred seventy feet high.

You can climb, nearly to the top,

ascending from a wide square and marble base,

its two hundred twenty-eight, winding steps,

that bring you much closer to our hero’s face.

Two elements of Greece and Rome,

the Doric column and the yoga attire,

are featured in this special monument

to link the great pasts through the elegant spire.

A stroller in the parks below,

may be reminded of a great man’s deeds,

of a nation’s birth and initial years,

and, perhaps, will dwell on what a nation needs.

“Carrousel”

Hershey Park, Pennsylvania

Josie went around on this “Carrousel” today–
With Pappa at her side.
She sat high up in the saddle,
With a certain kind of pride.
The colors first were bright and shiny,
Progressing to a blur,
But Josie wasn’t worried,
She sat tall and sure.

Note: The Hershey Park “Carrousel” was intentionally misspelled when it was built in 1919. The “Carrousel” was beautifully decorated in a patriotic theme to reflect America’s continuing celebration over the “war to end all wars”.