CXL.20. two towns in Texas

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CXL.20. two towns in Texas

Postby allenitz » Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:00 am

a fellow poet
wrote something that led me
to this, more complicated
in the telling than it needs
to be, but,
what the hell,
I have the time…

and it was some time
between retirements
when I was doing contract
work as a workforce development
program monitor, not much work,
just a couple of days
every couple of
months…

this was a bit of a problem, because
after years in management of such
programs I had devolved to the stage
where I didn’t really need to know
much about the nuts and bolts
of the programs
and I didn’t…

I could have given important
and meaningful advice
on running such programs
but the program operators
didn’t want to hear that, just as
most managers don’t want to hear anything
that might suggest to their boss,
a county judge in this case, that they might
be deficient in any way…

so I was stuck with pretending
i knew something about the nuts and bolts…

luckily,
I had many years of experience as a manager
and, especially, as a media figure,
that had taught me how to fake most anything,
anywhere, anytime, right along
with the best, getting away with the charade,
because, as I often observed, if you act
like you know what you’re doing
most will assume you know what
you’re doing, it’s the illusion
of the attaché case
attached to your
wrist
that does it…

and I did…

but that’s not the point of this, entertaining though
I hope it was…

instead,
this is about two little towns I passed through
each time I made the trip to the east-central city
whose program I was monitoring…

the first town was named “Dime Box,” like many
small towns in Texas, essentially just a couple of buildings
grown up around a crossroads intersection.

only two things in Dime Box drew my attention,
first a very large stone church
and a sign at the intersection pointing
south to “Little Dime Box” – 4 miles…

apparently, the good folks of Little Dime Box
could not stand the hubbub of city life
in the original Dime Box
and so moved to the quiet of an even
smaller town (which I didn’t see
and find hard to imagine something
smaller than the original)

And how Texas is this?

a tiny town birthing
an even tinier town, where the dream never dies
of wide open spaces
and maybe a horse and several dogs
and a red barn with a calico barn
cat
and a dance hall
somewhere in between,
where the Polish Polka band
plays every Saturday night and
there’s a spot in the back
where the Baptists can drink a beer
without their neighbor seeing
and, of course telling all about to the
deacons the next Sunday morning…

and a great time is always
had by
all in both
the big and the little dime boxes
Texas…
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Re: CXL.20. two towns in Texas

Postby hawkseye » Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:51 pm

And how Texas is this?

a tiny town birthing
an even tinier town, where the dream never dies
of wide open spaces
and maybe a horse and several dogs
and a red barn with a calico barn
cat
and a dance hall
somewhere in between,
where the Polish Polka band
plays every Saturday night and
there’s a spot in the back
where the Baptists can drink a beer
without their neighbor seeing
and, of course telling all about to the
deacons the next Sunday morning…


Kind of the opposite of Texas as I always heard it - being BIG at everything --- but they dream of "wide open spaces" so that fits

The tale of two -- one grown up, the other more like Peter Pan, trying to remain ever what he was

The description strikes me as very country -- except for the Polka -- the kind of place that mostly gets eaten up by encroaching development. Do the two towns still exist?

An "epic" tale of how they came to be a part of your own memory -- neither of them seemed to appeal for much more than a drive-through however...

Fascinating names all the same --

-judy

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Re: CXL.20. two towns in Texas

Postby Bill_Back » Wed Feb 14, 2018 8:37 am

Good one. I remembered you mentioning those two towns in your comment to my item about names. Good lead in also.

Bill


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