, Newburyport, MA


July 2, 2014

A ditty for the waterfront

To the editor:

Well, at long last, summer has finally arrived. I’ve decided to dig out my guitar from the paid parking protest days and head on down to the waterfront with a new ditty I wrote and entertain my fellow citizens, channeling my inner Bob Dylan. Let’s see what sort of reception I receive.

Charette, charette,

Or just a big charade?

The mayor seemed stunned

We rained on her parade

Table after table,

Results were ‘bout the same

No condos, more green space,

Public it should remain

Now, ever since that day,

A peep has not been heard

I guess the term passive

Is still a dirty word

And now there’s new faces

On the NRA

Is it back to square one?

Right now it’s hard to say

And so it comes to this

Our minds they’ll try to sway

Attentive we must be

Don’t let them get their way.

Well, so far so good. I don’t see anyone ready to toss any past-their-prime fruit in my direction. But I’m going to head back to the downtown before I push my luck. However, I do intend to keep paying attention to what happens regarding the waterfront, and I hope my fellow citizens will do the same.

Laurel Allgrove


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