Letter to the editor: Paean to Ruta Lee

Ruta Lee

Paean to Ruta Lee

(Hail to Edgar Allan Poe and his timeless Annabel Lee)

It was many and many a year ago

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In a city at the West Fork-Clear Fork confluence of the Trinity,

That an actress there lived whom you may know

By the name of Ruta Lee;

And this actress she lived with no other thought

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Than to love and be loved by the City

At the West Fork-Clear Fork confluence of the Trinity.

Her love for Fort Worth was stronger by far than the love

For those in Hollywood or even Big D,

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Of many far richer than we.

But neither the angels in Heaven above

Nor the demons down under the sea

Nor a siege of atrocious foul weather for Steel Magnolias

Could ever dissever the soul of Fort Worth

From the soul of the Younger-Than-Springtime

Beautiful Ruta Lee.

Don Woodard

Fort Worth