Thursday, April 13, 2017

"One Ghost Town, Two Stories" by Lauren McBride, Frequent Contributor

One Ghost Town, Two Stories
Lauren McBride

Texas ghost town
called Sipe Springs
for water seeping
from the ground -
no one could spell

a sad grave
near Sipe Springs:
three year old girl,
her family moving west -
nameless, but not forgotten


Poet's Notes: On family road trips, phone in hand, I like to Google the names of towns we pass, especially Ghost Towns, and read their histories out loud to pass the time. I remember reading about Sipe Springs in West Texas for two reasons: the misspelling of the town name; and a sad grave about a mile-and-a-half east. The marker reads:  "Little girl, age 3 died 1870, moving west." Her name and family remain unknown.

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