FARMINGTON

Little lovely, friendly town
Bright beneath your maple trees--
With your dooryards sending out
Lilac scent upon the breeze;
Through the hurried years, I trust,
In the changes you have made
That you kept your dooryards sweet,

Kept your arching trees for shade;
Kept the friendliness I knew
In the olden, golden days--
Kept your hands in welcome out,
Kept your neighborly, fine ways;
With your home lamps and your fires,

Glowing out upon each street
For the stranger in your midst
Passing by on lonely feet;
Kept your small-town sympathy--
Kept your laughter and your tears--

Have you kept them, little town
Through these difficult, hard years?
If you have, I think some day,
Like a magnet strong and true,
You will reach across the miles
And will draw me back to you.

---GRACE NOLL CROWELL
Appeared in the Dakota County Tribune and was written around March of 1934. Reprinted in Farmington Independent, August 17, 1995.

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Pending any objections, I declare this to be
the official poem of
Farmington, Minnesota,
and post it to my website
this day of our Lord, June 18, 2006
- Alan Lubke