The True Vermont

The True Vermont

A Chapter by Debbie Barry

A poem, written for a state contest, but not submitted. I forget why not.


The True Vermont


July 12, 1989

It is oft' asked, where is Vermont?
In Canada? New York? What state is it in?
Or if not that, then wonder,
What kind of state is Vermont?

Preconceived notions flood their minds.
They lose our people in bygone times.

They place us on farms
- with horses, not cars
- with fires, not furnaces
- with privies, not toilets
- with oil, not electric.

They give us speech impediments,

Or Nor'east accents.
They picture us ignorant,

Unschooled, and unpolished.

This is not Vermont.

This is a jumble
Of high-class ignorance,

And refusal to change.

The misconceptions

Are not the state.

Vermont is our home
- with glorious green mountains
- with majestic lake vistas
- with historic college towns
- with poetry and music
- with our own technology.

We are Vermonters.
We are people misunderstood.

© 2017 Debbie Barry

Author's Note

Debbie Barry
I wrote this when I was 20. Initial reactions appreciated.

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Added on November 9, 2017
Last Updated on November 9, 2017
Tags: poem, poetry, vermont

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Debbie Barry
Debbie Barry

Clarkston, MI

I live with my husband in southeastern Michigan with our two cats, Mister and Goblin. We enjoy exploring history through French and Indian War re-enactment and through medieval re-enactment in the So.. more..