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The sign remembers
by Steve Joos

Wednesday, March 24, 2004
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Along State Route 130 near Bone Gap, Ill., there is a sign honoring Bone Gap Junior High School's 1988 Illinois State Middle School volleyball championship. This title was won in the midst of a bitter, unsuccessful battle to keep the school open. Any high school, junior high or college team's championships may be long gone, but signs like this one keep rhem alive.

It flaps in the wind

on a Southern Illinois day,

A hand-painted Cardinal,

the crowning jewel

of a glorious,but troubled year.

The sign remembers,

the sign remembers.

The last bittersweet days

of a red brick dowager.

the heart of a cluster of houses

on a Bonpas blacktop

Torn out by far-off men,

The sign remembers,

the sign remembers.

The hopes of a tiny hamlet,

perched on the shoulders

of strong young boys and

volleyball playing ingenues.

The last glory of a little school

Forever champions before high school.

A plastic basketball player,

dipped in silver paint

broken off and dangling

like Bone Gap's broken heart.

The sign remembers,

the sign remembers

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Reviewed by m j hollingshead 12/18/2006
good one
Reviewed by jude forese 12/9/2006
good imagery and atmosphere ... expect more soon ...
Reviewed by Susan de Vegter 12/6/2006
Nostalgic memories are the small details that will always stay with us.
I love the virtual visual your words paint.
Thank you,
Reviewed by Jackie (Micke) Jinks 12/4/2006
So sad...and certainly a sign of the times...of "progress". Thankfully, the real sigh exists, and the sign remembers. Like those two lines...

Reviewed by Regis Auffray 10/17/2006
Some memories never die. Thanks for sharing, Steve. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by Sandra Corona 3/28/2004
Signs, cool!
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 3/25/2004
Thanks for sharing Steve!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Ron (sketchman) Axelson 3/25/2004
Brings back memories for sure.....
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