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Ottawa, Kansas

written by: Thomas Park



Midwestern town, West of Kansas City
2 stops on the highway

Mundane to tourist?
Home and world to local

Residential blocks, houses of wood, brick, siding
Sloping yards well-tended

Converge in town's Center,
Grocery, bank, ice creamery

Down Main to rectangular, traditional schools
Library, city hall
Sunny park with rotunda

Crossing running water
To Grandparents' shop
Stately, solid warehouse

Inside, primitive furniture
Hand-painted signage
Wooden bas-reliefs of familiar faces

Across the street, the depot
Town museum, trains remembered
Ran through, departed

Home to grandparents and family friends
Rest in peace, Grandad
And Grandma

Thomas Park

Thomas Park

Thomas Park is a multi-disciplinary artist living with his wife and 2 cats in Saint Louis, Missouri.
A big poetic inspiration is Philip Levine with his works that pay tribute to hard-working people. Thomas would like to follow in Mr. Levine's footsteps.
Thomas Park

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