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WTBAKELAR
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Ghost Town

High in the Mountains, between lost and lonely,
Lay dreams and memories untold,
And the bones of men with the weathered tombstones,
They’re the miners that came looking for gold.

Abandoned and broken, they withered away,
With no one there left to care,
The mines and the dance halls, all closed long ago,
Leaving only the stories they shared,

The wind on Boot-hill, blows weary and cold,
And what’s left of a thriving small town,
Now rests in the secrets of long, long ago,
As the buildings keep tumbling down,

Yet many a man made a fortune up here,
Those that were lucky got out with their wealth,
So many passed with out leaving a sign,
The unlucky played the hand they were dealt,

The ladies of pleasure were treated,
Like queens of the night, so it’s said,
The thieves would swindle and steal you blind,
Or knife you and leave you for dead,

Some are remembered; many more are forgotten,
Most died tired and poor,
But the ghosts that haunt what’s left of this town,
Chase shadows across old wooden floors.

High in the mountains, between lost and lonely,
Lay dreams and memories untold,
And the bones of men with the withered tombstones,
Were the miners that came looking for Gold.

The answer is always NO, Until the question is asked.

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1 posted 02-20-2009 11:47 AM       View Profile for SEA   Email SEA   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for SEA

I love this. For many reasons.

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SEA,  Nice to hear from you.  
Thanks for stopping to read my Poem.
I am so glad you liked it.
  
When I was younger, I loved to go "Ghost Town Chasing"  We hava many of them in Utah and I spent a lot of time adventuring and exploring.  Not to mention a little prospecting.  Never got rich, did get out alive.  Took lots of pictures.
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Very nice.  I loved it.
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Tracey, this would go well with my poem "Desert Wealth" we seem to have the same train of thought.

Chip off the old block. Mom
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Tracey my friend you have certainly have a great way with words, that is a great poem

that was a delight to read. Great balance and rhyming, well done, take care.

Lindsay
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This is an excellent write.  I enjoyed it very much.
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BW,  thanks for taking a look at the past with me,

Tracey
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Mom,  Thanks for the complements,  you probably remember all the junk I drug home from our old ghost towns.  

Agreed,   love Tracey
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Lindsay, My friend, I feel you and I have some kindship of the old west or in your case, maybe the outback.
Thank you for your kind comments,  

Sincerely,  Tracey.

Eloise
Thank you also for dropping in to see my ghost town.  
The western United states have many, many old abonded mining towns that are full of wonderful and interesting history.

gratefully,  Tracey.
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WTBAKELAR - I've been looking for gold over the years and actually have found some. Also visited the very ghost town you have written about, well very similiar anyway.

BC
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High in the Mountains, between lost and lonely,
Lay dreams and memories untold,

What an incredible beginning!! I love these lines! *S* And I thoroughly enjoyed the poem... I've explored a couple of ghost towns, but my treasure was the experience... valuable only to me.  *S*
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Bill,  Thank you for sharing my experiences, and your memories.  My favorite old Ghost Town is High in the mountains southwest of Salt Lake City, Jacob City was a thriving community and very productive. There was an old 2story log hotel still standing until about 20 years ago.  We would spend the night there, until someone went in and burned it down, I was so sad to see it gone.
However I have many pictures of it and inside the old mines,

Thanks for your kind comments.  Tracey.
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suthern **
This is probably one of my favorite poems that I have written.
I had about 4 stanzas, and thought it was done, but realized the story was not finished.
I dug through my old pictures, relived some of the times I spent there then came back to the poem so I could complete it properly.

I am so glad you enjoyed it.

Love, Tracey.
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Yes, This is one of my favorites of your work as well, Tracey. Very well done.
                               Ida
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One of my favorites from you.

Loved the image of ghosts chasing shadows across wooden floors.

Heather
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Ida and Heather,
Thank you so much, Your compliments mean the world to me.
I wanted to post a picture with this, but when I found the one I wanted, it was to late.
Glad you can use your imagination to see my town.

Love always,  Tracey.
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Ghost Towns have a lot of class!!
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Revisiting... and tucking it into my library. *S*
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