Downtown holiday tree inspires poem ‘No Left Turn’
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.”
NO LEFT TURN
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…..no left turn at 3rd Avenue and Centre Street
A video of Carol Todor reciting the poem is posted on our Facebook page.