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‘Twas the Night Before Christmas – A Roundabout Fractured Poem

January 3, 2012
At 10:45 pm on December 24th, a drunk and distracted driver hit the roundabout and was stopped by one of the three remaining original trees.  No one was hurt and all the lights stayed on, but the tree and some shrubs are likely losses.
The good news is that the Street Department has committed to adding permanent markings to the roundabout’s curb and surrounding roadway in the spring.  The Roundabout has had one accident per year since 2005 that warranted a police report.
Also, the Parks Department is considering a landscape redo.
In the aftermath of the accident, two board members and Chad Tinkel (our favorite city forester) composed this following fractured poem:
‘Twas the night before Christmas
And all round the ‘Bout
The police were stirring
After a drunk knocked a tree out!
When out on the circle arose such a clatter
Pat ran down to Old Mill to see what was the matter
And what to her wondering eyes did appear was the city forester!  
And a new tree did appear
And I heard her exclaim as the car was towed out of sight
Merry Christmas to all and to all what a sight!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Stephanie Cliche permalink
    January 3, 2012 12:37 pm

    Nice poem Chad, but it’s still irritating when irrisponsible people drive drunk and destroy property!

  2. Pat Thomson permalink
    January 5, 2012 11:53 am

    I agree completely, Stephanie

    The poem, which I started and ended, and which Chad and Brooks Beatty “grew” in the middle, was a way for us to NOT allow this latest roundabout accident to dampen the holiday spirit.

    Here’s hoping that the city makes the roundabout safer for motorists and more pleasing to the eye.

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