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Michael McCollumn
Poet
In these trying economic times, we do have positive things to look forward to. The signs are around, everywhere, although I didn't notice this one until a friend pointed it out. It was last summer, around the time of the State Fair, and I was driving along 690 with a friend from Binghamton. He said, "Every time I'm in Syracuse, I see a lot of these construction cranes."

And I'm thinking, "Is this a derogatory remark he's making, about Syracuse having a lot of construction?"

It took me aback. So I thought about it. And the response I came up with was, "Yeah, that shows progress." What else could it be? And that was the germ of the whole poem.

Across the landscape
cranes and girders dot the sky
Healthy progress shows

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