First published here a year ago, “A Catskill Mountain Holiday Party” is a year-end greeting-card, as 2011 enters history, and 2012 becomes reality.
’Twas a mountain holiday party, and stockings were hung from the bluestone mantel of a Livingston.
Whether Robert of Clermont, or Robert the Judge,
or Chancellor Robert, doesn’t matter a fudge.
For a hundred years, they held in their hands
millions of acres of wilderness lands.
Whole Hardenbergh Patent, they’d bought it all square:
the view from their window to the west Delaware.
Money talks. Deeds matter. That is the reason