Poetry by Barbara Roper

… dotted by Bekki

“The Yard Sale surely proves one thing … ”

The loot we scored at this year’s Ashmont Hill Yard sale includes: a bright red bookcase, two rugs that appear custom-made for my hallway, an Aloha-worthy Hawaiian shirt, $22 worth of mouth-watering ribs, and — in a moment of weakness — an eerily realistic mechanical cat named Snowflake purchased with someone’s “piggy bank” money.

The best things in life truly are free, and not even Snowflake the Wonder Cat can compare to the Dorchester-inspired poetry generously distributed by Yard Sale enthusiast, Barbara Roper.

Barbara Roper is full of DotLove

The Lure of Ashmont Hill

It is a thrill to see crowds mill

Around our yards on Ashmont Hill

To buy our wares – to stop and stare

And say, “Dorchester? We can’t be there!”


Many I’m sure are flabbergasted

To think that these beautiful homes have lasted

Through all the conflict and departure

To Suburbia and “greener pasture”


Some people come with the expectation

Of run down homes and desolation

The image of Dorchester is badly smeared

But after the Yard Sale we hope some of it is cleared


The looks of amazement at turrets and towers

Victorian homes, shrubbery and flowers

Carriage houses and lawns manicured

Stained-glass windows, many folks are allured


People are friendly – cars are few

Cause for many heads to turn askew

Where in Boston could you find today

Such beautiful homes within view of the bay?


The noise, the pollution, the utter confusion

They call city life – what a delusion

Bumper to bumper some crawl every night

And fight their way home to “suburban delight”


There are many advantages to living right here

We have lots of parking space and good clean air

We enjoy city living and suburbia too

Those who have both are certainly few


We can hop on a train at Ashmont Station

And get connections to all parts of the nation

But it is great to come back home again

And know that it is nicer than any place you’ve been


The Yard Sale surely proves one thing

There is a place in Dorchester where things really swing

Between young and old there is communication

No generation gap – just regeneration!

The Landmark Roper Yard Sale on Ashmont Hill

The Ashmont Hill Yard Sale occurs annually each May and includes over 40 families.

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