It was the soul of this dogged mill town,
When it looked like it had logged its last,
That kept Flagstaff from taking its final

It was its spirit that saved this settlement,
Where Glory and Copper Star once waved
From the tallest pine, for this purpose so

It was samarkand,┬╣ a trading of humanity,
Natives carrying on their traditional ways
Along with citizens of the modern practice
A Spirit-led, soul-fed crossroads for future

┬╣samarkand is an expression borrowed from
Bruce Babbit's forward written for Richard
and Sherry Mangum's "Flagstaff: Past and
Present" (2003)...what happens when old
ways, new ways and other ways intertwine
to make for a future way that is better than
anyone could have imagined

by J Alan R
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