Lackawanna was home long before I knew I’d roam,
and find another place that fills this space in my heart,
From my start I was forged in Lackawanna Steel; a real
sense of structure and foundation built upon the
rigid girders of steel. Bethlehem Steel gave us all we had,
or all that Dad earned to set us up to succeed.
He worked hard and lived harder with liquor the answer,
and a demise from cancer. The plant had long since closed,
and I suppose it was just as well. The swell of steel workers
had found a similar fate, much too late to save them.
But this steel town outside of Buffalo, found itself
deeply seeded in each native son’s hearts. From the start
they were all “Men of Steel” good to feel at home
just south of where the Buffalo roam!

Poetic Asides November Chapbook Challenge – Day 27 – A Local Poem


I can stand on my own.
I can stand apart from the crowd.
I stand up and cheer!
I shout it quite loud!
I stand up for my rights.
I can take a few lefts too!
I can stand in contemplation.
I will sit down to stew.
I’m a member in good standing.
I can’t stand ignorance.
I can stand to get sloppy.
I will stand in reverence.
Will you stand up and be counted?

© Copyright Walter J. Wojtanik – 2013

For NaPoWriMo – Day 7 – Rhetorical Finish