The Pump at Five Forks in New Leaksville
This is the old community pump that served the Five Forks area of New Leaksville in the days before indoor plumbing. For a later photo of the same area, click here. Below is a poem written by Leaksville native John Marshall Carter entitled, The Pump, from his collection of Leaksville-related poems, Wampus Cats and Dan River Rimes.
The PumpThe old community water pump is Now buried in an asphalt grave: Another of long-loving play- Grounds...buried in my mind. I've wondered if going to the Pump to get water was fun? When I came along, the old dry Pump was as far as Mama'd let me Run. Later, I was allowed to go near On my trike; then I circumvented It, that is, when I graduated To a balancing bike! The pump was the center of Attraction for the 'kick-the- Can' carnival- I wonder sometimes, if going to The pump was the same when Going to the pump wasn't a Game?
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