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Ode to Our Small Town

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June 8, 2017
By Troy Harris , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

They tore down the depot where folks rode the train,

But I did not speak out. I could not complain.

They tore down two dear elementary schools,

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But I did not speak out, it wouldn't be cool.

They drove our downtown businesses away

But I did not speak out. What could I say?

They let a governor close the IJH door.

But I did not speak out and what for?

They let our little towns slowly die.

But I did not speak out. How could I?

Our Community Building they want to tear down

And disrespect our seniors who built this town.

What will it take to have the guts to speak?

Will it come in a day, a month or a week?

Get up! Defend our quant little town!

Before you find you are the only one around

And no one is there to help you my dear.

Where will you live when no one is here?

When your houses and buildings are bulldozed to dust

It will be too late to say, then, " I will, I Must".

Our seniors deserve the love and respect

to save their building from the bulldozing wreck.

So get up! And stand for our seniors and our town

Unless you want it bulldozed to the ground.



Troy Harris grew up in Toledo. He is a professional entertainer based in Davenport, iowa. His mother, Dolores Harris is a Toledo resident.



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