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April was National Poetry Month and Carol Purington, Colrain's noted haiku poet has donated a matted set of poems describing the Bridge of Flowers through its seasons. It is available by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org. The matted sheet is $15 including postage, and the plain cream heavy paper sheet is $10 including postage. All sales go to benefit the Bridge of Flowers. This is a lovely souvenir of a visit to the Bridge, or gift to someone who loves the Bridge.
A poem ....
By Richard C. Smith, 2014 Enfield, CT -
In the 1930s Richard Smith spent years of his childhood in Shelburne and environs. The Bridge of Flowers is among his happy memories which he kept fresh with visits to the town and Bridge over the years.
Bridge Of Flowers
The bridge of flowers
in Shelburne Falls Mass.
was originally built,
so the trolley cars could pass
to the Buckland side of the river
then up to the railroad station
with freight to deliver .
They picked up lumber and other freight
brought in on the Boston and Maine,
for delivery to the farmers and mills
over in the town of Colrain.
They carried apples and pears
when in season and passengers were many,
they delivered goods from the mills
to the station for shipment to Albany.
The bridge was in use for many years
until trucks and busses, shut the trolleys down,
the bridge sat idle for a long time
then was finally turned over to the town.
So the ladies club decided to try
to make the bridge attractive
to tourists passing by,
top soil was filled in all along
the right of way
many kinds of flowers were planted
in multiples of colors, bright and gay.
Today people drive many miles
just to see this beautiful bridge
that used to retain tracks,
for a trolley line that was known,
as the Shelburne Falls and Colrain.
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