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Seeing "Our Town" in our 70's
Edwin Romond

for John and Vera Cosgrove

“Choose the least important day in your life. It will be important enough.”
                                                                         --Mrs. Gibbs to Emily in Our Town

We are ages away
from our high school class
where first we walked
the streets of Grover’s Corners
and have lived decades and
decades of important days
writing our own scenes
along the way. In this theater
we meet again the lives of people
as ordinary and extraordinary
as we are and find ourselves
smiling and weeping watching
a play we first encountered as teens.
In our 70’s Our Town brings us joy
and also breaks our hearts.
Now we know.

© by Edwin Romond.
Used with the author's permission.

Edwin Romond  is a poet, playwright, composer, and educator. Now retired, he taught English for more than 30 years in Wisconsin and New Jersey. Edwin's award-winning work has appeared in numerous literary journals, college text books and anthologies, and has been featured on National Public Radio. A native of Woodbridge, New Jersey, Edwin now lives in Wind Gap, Pennsylvania, with his wife and son. Learn more about him at






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I love this poem!!
Posted 07/28/2022 12:10 PM
Fine poem
Posted 07/28/2022 10:35 AM
Thank you, Ed. A favorite play, and now a favorite poem to go with it. That final line is so daringly simple and clear and powerful. It rings with truth, and will stay with me now and, yes, forever.
Posted 07/28/2022 10:03 AM
Lori Levy:
Beautifully expressed and powerful.
Posted 07/28/2022 09:57 AM
This poem is subtle and jarring at the same time. I want to revisit this play.
Posted 07/28/2022 08:43 AM
Larry Schug:
Age does bring perspective, but it seems the more I know, I realize how much I don't and will never know. This poem leads me to think I should look at Our Town again. "people as ordinary and extraordinary as ourselves"--yes, that is perspective. Thanks Edwin, for pressing my thinking button.
Posted 07/28/2022 07:13 AM

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