Stagestop #FoundPoem

There was a campground around here called Stagestop that closed due to declining use. This caller to our local paper’s phone line offers up a cri de coeur.


by Anonymous Caller

Stagestop, what happened?

I thought we was going
to open it this year.
It is being more maintained
and kept up better
now that the public is not using it.

I am a taxpayer.

I am 3/4 of the people
that are not
I should be able to use our Stagestop.

I need it
for the access to the river
that we pay taxes on
that the whole Southern Indiana
and state people
pay taxes on
our state land.

I should be able to use our Stagestop.
Why do some people get to use it
and the public not?
Can somebody please help me figure this out?
Why is our Stagestop closed?

Somebody needs to open the gate
and let the public go in
and see how well it’s being
took care of now.

Float down the river;
get off your boat;
look around.
It’s took care of better
now that the residents don’t get to use it,
only the state.
This does not make sense to me.
I’m sorry.

I’m a taxpayer.

I should be able to use Stagestop.


An’ that’s all I got to say about that.

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I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Stagestop #FoundPoem

  1. KatFrench

    November 24, 2015 at 9:07am

    ROFL… this is almost certainly the best thing I will read today.

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      Marian Allen

      November 24, 2015 at 11:54am

      Not if you read your own writing. I just know your WIP is AWESOMESAUCE!

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  2. Jane

    November 24, 2015 at 9:29am

    Callie is indeed looking for her Calling.
    But then, who isn’t?

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      Marian Allen

      November 24, 2015 at 11:55am

      I’m not. I’ve found my calling: to do as little actual work as possible while appearing to be very busy. I find it very rewarding.

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  3. Dan

    November 24, 2015 at 10:30am

    We have some state attractions that are closed due to budgetary constraints, but I’m not aware of any being used by the state. I’m gonna check though…

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      Marian Allen

      November 24, 2015 at 11:56am

      If you do, and you write a letter about it, feel free to copy Anonymous Caller’s.

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  4. Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt

    September 26, 2018 at 3:20pm

    This was fun, in a mean sort of way. I’m sorry the gentleman (it was a man, was it not?) can’t camp where he wants to when he wants to. The requirements of the many often do that to individuals. The economics can be boggling to keep camping open at a state park. I didn’t see him volunteering. But it is hard to feel you’re not getting value out of your own taxes in your own back yard.

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