“This fortress built by nature for herself…” Westcliffe…facing Coming Hard Times

A poem for a town that touches me deeply:
This high plateau, so peaceful & quiet
This earth of majesty, this seat of quietude
Cattle ranching and endless deep blue skies
So high in the mountains
In the shadow of the Sangres,
This other Eden, demi-paradise,
This fortress built by nature for herself
Against infection and the hand of war,
This happy breed of men, this little world
Three inches from Heaven
This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, Westcliffe.

(Modified and adapted from shakespeare for Westcliffe)
I believe this and want to keep her pristine, during any coming scenario that would bring strife and struggle to Westcliffe and the valley.
“A mighty fortress is our God
A bulwark never failing;
Our helper he amid the flood
Of mortal ills prevailing.”
(Martin Luther)
Remember the famous Boy Scout motto, “Be Prepared.”  Like many, I hope tomorrow, the rest of 2011 and beyond, somehow will be better, more prosperous.  I do not like thinking of ‘hard times.’  Many just hope for the best as they sink further into despair and economic, then familial discord, along with their neighbors and the community.
But Westcliffe is special; or it can be, if it holds together before things do get worse.
“United wills make a fortress.” (Unknown author)
Fort, Fortress or Citadel?  Given the definitions below my signature, I am leaning away from Fort, denoting more military image, and toward Fortress or Citadel.
Today Fortress is my choice for a Survival Plan for Westcliffe.  (Suggested by a good friend…)
Here I have suggested “Fortress Westcliffe” as a means of “being prepared.”  If times get better, great, we lose nothing, but reality is harsh to those unwilling to see her clearly.

Who could deny that privacy is a jewel? It has always been the mark of privilege, the distinguishing feature of a truly urbane culture. Out of the cave, the tribal tepee, the pueblo, the community fortress, man emerged to build himself a house of his own with a shelter in it for himself and his diversions. Every age has seen it so. The poor might have to huddle together in cities for need’s sake, and the frontiersman cling to his neighbors for the sake of protection. But in each civilization, as it advanced, those who could afford it chose the luxury of a withdrawing-place. Phyllis McGinley


fort (fôrt, f rt) n. 1. A fortified place or position stationed with troops. 2. A permanent army post. [Middle English, strength, stronghold, from Old French, strong .

fort [ fawrt ]   Audio player
  1. fortified position: a building or group of buildings with strong defenses, usually strategically located and guarded by troops
  2. military compound: a permanent military post consisting of several buildings

for·tress [ fáwrtrəss ]   Audio player
  1. military installation: a fortified place with a long-term military presence, often including a town
  2. something impossible to get into: something that is impenetrable or acts as protection

noun. a fortress on a commanding height for defense of a city; a fortified place; stronghold; a place of safety; refuge

  • citadel is a fortress for protecting a town, sometimes incorporating a castle The term derives from the same Latin root as the word “city”, civis, meaning citizen.

  • citadel n : a stronghold into which people could go for shelter during a battle [syn: bastion · English · Pronunciation /ˈsɪtədəl/ · Etymology French citadelle ..

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