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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from Seward

A poem from Donna Kawalski


December 22, 2016 | View PDF

A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Seward, Alaska 1971

By Donna Kowalski

(Submitted by her granddaughter Kameron Adair)

Yes, Seward is merry

As the holidays near

From the top of the mount

To the old railroad pier

The streets gaily lighted

For glad Jubilee

And the tree on Bear Mountain

Can be seen far at sea

The new Seward Fisheries

(Now here for two years)

Brings the fishing fleet in

With their decks all astir;

Their cargos of crab,

Shrimp and scallops so tender,

The salmon and halibut,

Fresh from the vendor.

A trade school

With 170 trainees

Instructors and buildings

To teach and contain these

The Seward Skill Center

Has mushroomed somehow,

And to its loyal staff,

We must all take a bow

When the ’64 earthquake

Dealt us that vast blow

The water took everything

In that great show

Our railroads, warehouses,

And docks were a mess

And friends left, one by one,

For a change of address.

Store fronts stood empty,

The bay free of ships

We struggled along

‘Til the scales finally tipped

And over the years

Things have slowly progressed

We find we are thankful

For being so blessed

With our staid old Mount Marathon

Standing alert

And holding us close

In the folds of her skirt

With 2000 people

(You say that’s not many?)

With fresh air, clean water

And scenery a plenty—

With family, close friends—

We’re just lucky I guess

Lift a glass of cheer,

Wish we could just reminisce

And offer this toast

To our friends far and near.



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