Triad Magazine

A Hillsborough Community College Student Publication since 1978.

Eatonville’s Silent Roar

by Dr. Richard F. Gaspar

The Town that Freedom Built
sits 23 miles
from The Happiest Place on Earth.

The mouse draws millions to his home,
where visitors marvel at castles
with fictional queens.

Eatonville is still bypassed by I-4,
but road engineers make promises
of a retention pond and a new sign.

No exit.

Down the road,
imagineers plan and expand,
adding eateries and food trucks
amid a flourishing Disney Springs.

At 125,
Zora remains,
here, in Florida,
under a grave stone,
inscribed, “Genius of the South”.

2,500 miles away,
Walt remains, in an urn,
in the 300 acres of Forest Lawn
among faux art.

Remember, as the sun sets on your back,
and you pass by “Where Dreamers Work”,
turn your eyes north,
toward the Eatonville Water Tower,
before you miss American history.

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