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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

 

Ode To SML On Her 50th Birthday

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Ode To SML On Her 50th Birthday
 
 
The Dam impounded two rivers
Made a lake that serves so true  
Makes green power from falling water
And serves us well, me and you
 
The farmers and loggers were puzzled
When told that water was nigh
Some farmers were soon planting dollars
Where tobacco once grew high
 
We forded the rivers when water was low
We drove around when rains did blow
Now there’s two bridges to help us cross
But the traffic’s so busy, we’re at a loss
 
The shoreline was dotted with campers
The roads were gravel and rough
Now the shorelines are lawns and houses
And the S-turns are busy enough
 
Some Lakers feel they’re not accepted
Some Country folks feel quite the same
The last time New Jersey rolled through here 
General Hunter was his name
 
Many new friends are from cities
Many comforts they’ve known
But if they must have streetlights
Perhaps they should have stayed home
 
 
The counties trifled with shoreline rules
It was a start to fix some blues
Then FERC imposed some DC jewels
We’re hoping now for rules we choose
 
 
The lake hosts a conflicting mix
Of homes, business and party-tricks
Conflicts there are -- but troubles are few
We all get along and hope you do too
 
It would be nice if everyone knew
It’s 500 miles around this blue
If in an hour 50 miles you can make
It’ll be 10 hours till we see your wake
 
The economy has been disappointing
Many businesses have come and gone
Property values are hurting
But the Lake’s beauty lingers on
 
 
We came here to play-out our game
The fourth-quarter of our life
The game has been delightful
It’s been the highlight of our life
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Hark – was that the two-minute warning bell?
Can we squeeze out some overtime?
 
 
LB Hagen
Beautiful Downtown Scruggs
 
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