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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Shopping Conundrum

Dear Delores delivers daring, darling, demonic diadems to direct and dumbfound.

That's all the 'D' words I can think of right now . . .
And she does this every Wednesday.
Visit her at The Feathered Nest to see what her other victims participants have created!
This week's words? Contrived, basic, needles, downtown, spinning, seething
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In Edmonton, there is a place
That used to be a field.
Where once stood crops, now people race
And stores have been revealed.

It saves us from the ‘Downtown’ crowd;
            The spinning, seething mob.
The commute long, the sirens loud,
            Where people weave and bob.

‘South Edmonton Common’ is its name,
            And it can cure your ills,
‘S for buying things of every fame,
            From basic through to ‘frills’.

But though it has a lot of stores
            In its quarter-section size,
It’s also known for something more -
            Its streets. I will apprise:

Straight streets? A few, I will admit,
            But mostly curved, you’ll find.
The unfamiliar driver sits,
            Or drives like one is blind.

With curves and twists to stupefy,
            And blocks and blocks contrived,
You’ll wish you were a bird, that flies,
            So you can sight. Then dive.

Though there’s beauty - bright, serene,
            With tons of treasures hid,
What truly needles me is this:
What’s wrong with a grid?!

10 comments:

  1. Lovely. :-)

    Sounds a bit like St. Paul, a city we all suspect to have been designed by drunks.

    Pearl

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  2. You have been in a poetic frame of mind lately. Another great job.

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    1. I live my life in rhyme.

      It's a poetic place . . .

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  3. I'll certainly remember this about South Edmonton Common if I end up visiting there someday! Well done.

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    1. I'll give you a map and drop you off . . .

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  4. That's fantastic! I love it.
    My city, Adelaide, was planned and built in a grid form, the CBD is a square mile and the streets are wide and straight. Older suburbs are similar and easy to get around in. Newer suburbs have curvier streets, but it is still easy enough to find your way.

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    1. See? Why couldn't your planners have paid us a visit?!

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