Down­town hol­i­day tree in­spires poem ‘No Left Turn’

The Drumheller Mail - - AROUND TOWN - Kyle Smylie The Drumheller Mail

Lo­cal cre­ative Carol Todor shared the poem ‘ No Left Turn’ with us last week, in­spired by the traf­fic con­fu­sion felt by some due to the hol­i­day tree be­ing in­stalled down­town.

The tree, which is in­stalled for the an­nual Fes­ti­val of Lights event, has drawn ire from some peo­ple in the com­mu­nity who dis­like not be­ing able to turn left at the four-way stop at Cen­tre Street and 3rd Av­enue.

“Once in a while, I get a lit­tle bit po­lit­i­cal, but when I think of the tree and no left turns I just de­cided it had to be one of my lit­tle ker­fuf­fle po­ems. It’s not the first one, I have a se­ries of ker­fuf­fle po­ems, but it’s the lat­est.”


Oh what a ker­fuf­fle, oh how can it be? To think that no left turn could so af­fect me? That I cry and I moan when I am down­town And I’m forced to go driv­ing around and around I shake my fist hard and fly in the face Of those hor­ri­ble signs that are such a dis­grace They tell me I can’t go where I want…. But they don’t know the places I haunt You can­not turn there…. I’ve al­ways turned there, don’t make me change Change is too hard it makes me feel strange A ticket you say, is what I will get A tree in the mid­dle, oh what a threat Bah hum­bug I say, you’re ru­in­ing my walk Walk? I should walk, that just makes me balk I have a nice car, it de­serves to be free And turn where it wants, es­pe­cially for me I can’t un­der­stand when we have a nice park Why put a tree in the mid­dle of the dark There’s noth­ing down­town to see or to do So I think I’ll stay home with a much nicer view What? There’s trees and there’s lights and peo­ple all ‘round Hav­ing a night of friend­ship and sound There’s food to eat and shop­ping to do And so many peo­ple, it looks like a coup Down­town has been hi­jacked by beauty and hope Down­town is a place where you can­not mope With singing and danc­ing and beau­ti­ful views Just change your route and don’t blow a fuse We all need a lit­tle love and good cheer And this is the per­fect, best time of the year. Cheers and don’t for­get… left turn at 3rd Av­enue and Cen­tre Street

mailphoto by Kyle Smylie

A video of Carol Todor recit­ing the poem is posted on our Face­book page.

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