Great River by Derrick Baksa

Hocking Hills
Rock & Roll

The heart of America, the Crossroads of Cultures,
A perfect microcosm of the greater whole.
So full of beauty and filled with diversity.

A land of bent backs and blue collars,
From Dawn until Dusk, preparing the fields
Or working Graveyard shift, running the line.


Home to Forests both wooden and concrete,
Rugged slopes and rough neighborhoods.
Blending together, working to coexist.

Where Big City meets Small Town
Where sirens mean both trouble and lunch.
Farmers rubbing shoulders with CEOs.

Corridor to the Midwest
Heart of it All
Mother of Presidents
The Buckeye State.

–Derrick Baksa
…….*Inspired by Carl Sandberg’s “Chicago”

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