by Jim Farfaglia
How Fulton Got Its Name
that, as a child, he loved to sketch,
he loved to tinker,
and they say he loved the water…
which would have made him
right at home, here,
with our river and lake
and their quiet spots to sit and dream.
Early on, he got his feet wet
sketching torpedoes and warships,
even having a hand in the first submarine,
but he’s best known for inventing the steamboat.
And when they were was all the rage,
he rode one up and down the Hudson,
never traveling this far,
but news of his success drifted our way.
And when he died too young
trying to rescue a drowning friend,
it only seemed fitting for our city’s founders
to take his name
so it might carry on –
like the current of our river,
like the ripples of our lake,
like the richness of a good dream, never-ending.