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I read this poem at the October meeting of the EPIC Writers Group in Edmonds. The theme is “small town.” This is my first attempt at a villanelle.


Carey, Idaho

The people come and go,
but Carey is used to the churn.
Time is a daunting flow.

Pioneers long ago
let the church run the town.
The people come and go.

Roads and railroads come slow,
and water is a grave concern.
The town withstands the flow.

Some children come to know
they need to leave to learn.
The people come and go.

Others choose to go
on missions and then return.
The town weathers the flow.

Carey continues to grow.
The seasons take their turn
while the people come and go.
The town welcomes the flow.

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Author Bio

Dave Baldwin recently retired as senior technical writer from the Walt Disney Company (Technology Division) after 40+ years as a technical writer and editor. In his career, he also worked for Boeing, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, and Amazon. He has been a naval officer, college teacher, real estate broker, and masters track and field athlete (high jump and middle-distance races).

Dave is the author of a book about the history of track and field. A poet for many years, he is the former national secretary for the Haiku Society of America. He is a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Snohomish, Washington, and lives in nearby Lake Stevens.

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