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June 26, 2011

It Isn’t The Town, It’s You

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Written by: Nydia O
Photo of Guanajuato, Mexico by Lupe Gonzales











I recently read this poem by R.W. Glover that I would like to share with you and hope you share your thoughts with us. Many times, we find ourselves wishing we lived in another town, sometimes we complain while sitting down doing nothing about improving things. Our towns need us and we need our towns.

If you want to live in the kind of a town

That’s the kind of a town you  like,

You  needn’t slip  your clothes in a grip

And start on a long, long hike.


You’ll find elsewhere what you left behind,

For there’s nothing that’s really new.

It’s a knock at yourself when you knock your town;

It isn’t your town – it’s you.


Real towns are not made by men afraid

Lest somebody else gets ahead.

When everybody works and nobody shirks

You can raise a town from the dead.


And if while you make your stake

Your neighbor can make one, too,

Your town will be what you want to see,

It isn’t your town – it’s you.


Photo of Guanajuato, Mexico by Lupe Gonzales

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Nydia O
A bird does not sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.-Maya Angelou. La Vida Valle is where I write about "la vida" my life in the Rio Grande Valley. From this bi-cultural corner on the tip of Texas, I share my poems and spiritual and travel experiences. I also blog about the arts, nature and my passion for historic preservation and architecture. But most importantly, let's talk about "la vida" - living our lives - in a vacation state of mind. Contributions and comments are always welcome .

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