Tall, very old trees line the streets-
Thick, sturdy trunks and
branches holding hands above,
colorful, showy leaves fluttering down,
carpeting curbs, sidewalks and yards.
Houses, white with green trim,
red brick, and stone, with
Wide welcoming porches,
Pumpkins on the steps of one,
Mums in clay pots on another,
Stars and Stripes proudly displayed
Churches with steeples and bells,
Businesses in repurposed historic buildings
With quaint names,
Parks with paths and playgrounds,
Festivals with crafts and food and fun.
Nearby on the interstate highway,
cars fly by at 70 miles an hour,
malls and fast food chains
take over cornfields and family farms,
but in small town America
people still stroll on sidewalks
and sit on the porch with neighbors
and hear the church bells ring.