Every Town...An Island

Tom from Maine By Tom from Maine, 6th Dec 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Imagine life on an island or in a small town. Shopping locally is important to everyone. Buying things online is tempting and very easy. However, what does that do to a small community? Think about it as you read this poem. Thanks

Every Town...An Island

What if every town was an island?
All shopping done right here
No money being spent “away”
No corporate takeover fear.

We would have to eat at Donna’s
“Coffee, eggs and ham” for you?
No Starbuck latte’s sold in town
We’re fine with Donna’s brew.

You need a car? See Frank in town
At “Smiley’s Lot” on Main
I traded in my Jeep (still there)
It only leaks in rain.

The banks would have to go along
And lend us what we need.
We’d pay them back with wages
Earned at “Barney’s Grain & Feed”.

Barney’s wife works in the store
Where we shop for chicken thighs
From “Tilly’s Free Range Chicken Farm”
Not quite Tyson’s size.

The money stays on the island friends
There is no place else to spend it.
Besides it all comes back again
To those who spend and lend it.

We’d have to find the leaks for sure
Like buying stuff “on line”
Instead of at the local shops
Like “Mabel’s Five and Dime”.

I guess it will never happen
But we could make a start
By buying local first instead
And shopping with your heart.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
6th Dec 2014 (#)

My wife and I live near a small tourist area in Alberta called the Village at Pigeon Lake, all the stores other than the grocery store and gas station are locally owned businesses, it is good to shop at those stores and keep money in the local area but so many people drive 1 hour to the city for shopping or worse, they shop online.

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