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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

#Slice of life 2013 This giant pizza oven makes you wonder, rather than full



"It's a giant pizza oven!" 
 
Not really,
Yet I found the roots of brick fired pizza ovens
 On a trail that provided footings for the Brooklyn Bridge!
 
Perhaps you already know this,
I didn't. 
Long ago, the glacier carved mountains
of the Hudson Valley (NY),
Were a source of dolomite,
natural cement.
Mined deep in the earth,
Baked until powdery,
Mixed with water,
To become the foundations of cities.
 
I thought of many things as I rode past,
Those lost to the pillars,
Within the deep, dark mines,
Those scorched by the fires,
The widows,
Those carting the cement to the river,
Those who built bridges across mighty divides. 
 
When I leave today's pizza ovens,
I'm full, satisfied,
As I left these giant cement ovens,
I wondered,
 
  

8 comments:

Terje said...

Unexpected slice. I'll take your wonder with me.

Tara @ A Teaching Life said...

I need to find this the next time I travel to Brooklyn - such stories in the building of that stunning bridge.

Tara @ A Teaching Life said...

I need to find this the next time I travel to Brooklyn - such stories in the building of that stunning bridge.

Jaana said...

I learned something new today! Thanks for educating us!

Julie Johnson said...

I think about this all the time...there is so much out there in the world that I know nothing about, especially when I am walking on historic grounds. There are so many stories we will never know.

Michelle said...

Your wondering is very true! There is so much that we don't know, realize, or understand! That's why it is essential that we continue to encourage our students to question and wonder! Thanks for the filling slice!

Mrs. Becker said...

This is amazing and completely unexpected! I love it!!!

LInda Baie said...

I know some of this, Anita because of David McCullough's books. There is a short piece he wrote about the building of the Brooklyn Bridge. Fascinating, and that ancient history-weren't they so courageous! Thanks for the links too!