Memento Mori



The last night that she lived
It was a common night,
Except the dying; this to us
Made nature different.

Emily Dickinson

August 31, ‘13

My heart is heavy with a sense of Loss.  The old house, #59 North St, in my home town of Watertown, was razed yesterday morning.    I feel as if I’ve lost someone who lived – someone who was murdered by what appears to be a corrupt and greedy entity. 

To Taft School I say “You bastards!  You killed the old house!”

To the Historic District Commission, Watchdogs for the public and protectors of this property,  who gave it up without a murmur or any ostensible regard for the people they represent,  I say “You bastards!  You killed the old house!”

To the people in town who didn’t care one way or another, a quote from Big Yellow Taxi by Joni Mitchell: 

Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
‘Til its gone….”

To all those who wrote letters and emails, who made phone calls & signed petitions, who lettered signs and came out to march – who reached out in an attempt to save the old house —  I say, “Good job and my deepest Condolences….

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3 Responses to Memento Mori

  1. Kathy says:

    Oh how very sad. The bastards. To have perhaps not seen the old beauty, not cherished it…

  2. beetleypete says:

    I missed this one! Sorry to hear that the house has gone, at least we have your lovely picture to remember it by. Short-sighted though, they should have restored it instead. There is no price too high to pay, for History.
    Regards as always, Pete.

    • It was a political move on the part of the Town’s management; rolling over and sucking up to the Big Bucks & unreasonable demands on the town of the Big School, it’s been this way most of my life and is one reason why many of us are up in arms in protest over this. Thanks for listening. GG

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