(Ed. Note – The following was submitted by Grand Strand Daily reader Sharon Pollard. Written in the same meter as the classic Christmas poem, it is a satirical take on the recent propaganda and county council vote for I-73 funding. There is considerable consensus among citizens that the desire for the road among Horry County politicos is only as a development expressway from the western boundary of Horry County to the beach, not an interstate highway.)
Twas the Week Before Christmas
By Sharon Pollard
Twas a week before Christmas when all through the council meeting,
not a lobbyist was stirring not even a greeting.
The agendas were placed as you come in the door,
full of information on the meeting and more.
The council were nestled and snug in the chair,
while visions of developments danced in the air.
I and my friend had just sat in the back,
a long boring meeting good time for a nap.
When up in the front there arose such chatter
I sprang from my chair to see what was the matter.
Up to the front I flew with hope,
Grabbed the mic. took out my note.
The room on the crest of a new fallen deal,
Gave the people a sense this was not real.
What to my wondering eyes did I see,
plans for a new road to be called I-73.
With a call for a vote so lively and quick,
It passed 10-2 which made us all sick.
More rapid than rain from a storm they came,
As they whistled and shouted calling their name.
Now agents now consultants, now planners and all!
on dozers, on trucks, on cranes you can haul!
Now build away , build away, build away all!
As rain that comes from the wild hurricane blow,
Over the land for I-73 it will flow.
When they meet with an obstacle, build to the sky,
So up to the rooftops I-73 will be that high.
The speaker had dirt on his shoes and hair of white,
All knew what he said was not 100% right.
His words were smooth as they circled our heads,
Listening to him and all that he said.
He smiled and he laughed as he gave us his oath,
With visions of great growth, yes more growth!
He finished his speech and began to do his work,
Writing contracts, planning and moving the dirt.
With a smirk of a smile and a nod of his head,
He drove to Columbia to do what he said.
Before he left with his finger beside his nose,
he looked back with a grin as he rose.
“Merry Christmas to all and to all a goodnight,
A yearly 25 million dollar check you will write.”