Shawn L. Bird

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poem-getting there April 30, 2021

Filed under: poem,Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 9:20 am
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It’s easy to find.

You know where the old RCMP station was?
No? Well. So.

You go straight up the hill from there.
Turn left where the McGuires lived

Until what they used to call Riflerange Rd
No idea what they call it now.

Keep going until that house that used to
have a hair salon in the basement

Our place used to be a B and B.
You’ll see, we have a great view

We’re eagerly waiting for you!

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NaPoWriMo Prompt 30 was to write a poem giving directions. I used the style of direction giving most heard in Salmon Arm, where I live. All the old timers give directions based on where things used to be or what they used to be called. The re-naming (numbering) of streets, some 40 years ago has not sat well!

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3 Responses to “poem-getting there”

  1. Don’t you just love that? I grew up in a planned city that was laid out on a grid and directions were always given with compass directions: “It’s two blocks south of Washington St.” or “Go west on 46th.” I’ve since learned that most people don’t have any sense of planetary orientation, which still strikes me as odd because east is simply where the sun rises and west is where it sets. [shrug]

    • Yes, I use compass directions and people look at me like I’m nuts, though our town is divided into quandrants, NE, SE, NW, SW so that should give folks some clues! 🙂 As our town is set on hills, and the subdivisions often have curved streets, the numbered street system offers challenges, as many roads don’t connect, they’re more like dashes than lines on the landscape!


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