An outsiders' view
A poem about Madras, by a girl from Bellingham, Wash., has earned its way into the Jefferson County Museum.
It gives an outsider's view of Madras, but the writer also has a local connection.
Alexandria Mejia, a sophomore in high school in Bellingham, is the daughter of Kimberly Faubion and Richard Mejia, granddaughter of Jim and Nancy Caikoski of Madras, and great-granddaughter of the late Myrle and Susie Faubion of Madras.
Alexandria also enjoys visiting Madras every summer to see relatives.
For an English project at school, she wrote several poems, of which "Ode to Madras" is one. Copies of some of her poems will be available at the Jefferson County Museum at its new location in the Westside Building.
My Ode to Madras
I wasn't born here
But I know it like I was.
Dry and sunny
Farms; a small town
Family, close and together.
Here in the summer you don't need a sweater
Wildlife all around
Coyotes, horses, bunnies, cattle.
Grandma's house; my favorite part
So many stories told here
So many memories shared.
A town with some riches, but mostly poverty.
You ugly dry town,
I think you are beautiful
My favorite piece of Oregon