Hybrid Town Meeting: Time to return to a full town meeting
Town Meeting is all a buzz
The room is full of us
Hanging out (up) in the balcony
All those who couldn’t fit amongst.
While we listen and ponder
Thoughts leading to wonder
Decisions we make, our paddle for the sign
Affect our community into time.
Mother nature has pulled her trick
A foot of snow accumulated quick,
around and on all our vehicles
Grove Street was transformed
while we were inside
Beaver Jutras’ wife laughs,
Shoving 12 inches off her roof,
Removing the proof.
We have abandoned town meeting in March
The snowbirds were going to fly to May’s
They must have lost their way.
Less than half a room have all the say
“It looks pretty affirmative to me”
But no call for the nays
Yes, yes had the vote but
no one let us protest with our say.
People gave up their power
Their voices muffled within,
as in Dorothy’s tunnel slide to Oz
The other side isn’t what it was suppose to be.
Recapture the old New England town hall meeting
Norman Rockwell, where are you
to paint Peterborough as it ought to be?
Send the modern Rockwell to
get us back on track,
The real New England way.
Kathleen “Kath” Allen lives in Peterborough.