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Beam | by Roy Montgomery
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(A 100+ year old recycled beam being used in new construction.)



Dedicated to Lynn & Sherry Zarr

by Roy Montgomery – Oct. 2007


For over one hundred years I have stood in place.

Once, I grew tall and straight, enjoying nature’s bounty.

Now, I am called upon to join this army of men.


They fashion me into different shapes, but I’m held together by my friends.

Oh, the wonder’s I have seen in my time.

Listened to conversations of honesty and treachery, love and hate,

I long for the song of the working man.

All have passed beneath me.


Torn down for the sake of progress,

I now sit with faded face, longing for the comfort of home.

I hear the distant call, the call to join a new army.


Shipped to a new front, the rebirth has begun.

Bathed and polished for new battles,

I am ready for the trumpets of war.


Strong and willing to stand the test of time,

Like a Swiss Guard at the Palace door,

I guard this family,

With all my heart and soul, for eternity!


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