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4/3/2013 10:00:00 AM
We don't usually print poetry, but...
Heidi Dahms-Foster
Special to the Tribune

OK, I give. We have made a policy over the years that we don't print poetry, because, frankly, most of the poetry we get is, well, less than poetic. But I'm always ready for something positive, and when someone tries to express their gratitude, I'm all for helping them out.

This morning I arrived at my desk to find a letter from an 84-year-old Prescott Valley woman. She took the time to type her poem, but she didn't provide a phone number for verification, so I can't print her name (another policy thing). However, I just have to share the poem, so Central Yavapai firefighters, listen up!

God Bless Engine 53

Engine, Engine 53

Watching, watching over me

Looking good and looking fine

Rolling through that traffic line

Move aside! Clear the way!

Here they come to save the day!

If the task is great or small

They do it well, they do it all.

Heroes one and heroes all

Always here to take my call.

Engine, Engine 53

Watching, watching over me.

Signed by "a grateful citizen, age 84 and two-thirds."

It's always a good time to say thanks when it's deserved, and I figure that's worth a minor "policy on poems" violation!

If you have someone who deserves a little thanks today, take a minute to pass it along.

We appreciate our hardworking firefighters, and we appreciate our 84-year-old poet for sharing her thanks.

Heidi Dahms Foster is editorial manager, non-daily publications for Prescott Newspapers, Inc.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, April 8, 2013
Article comment by: justa girl in PV

Dear Editor. Thanks so much for printing this. Please thank our wonderful resident for her poem. It briings me wonderful memories of my grandmother and great-grandmothers. What a nice bright spot in my day. Thank you ,thank you, thank you.

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