Greenwood Cemetery, 151,
Of Wheeling, West Virginia,
Has yet to pass away.
Greenwood was born in March, 1866,
to the prominent citizens of Wheeling.
Lined with monuments of human sentimentality
and inhabited by those who’ve passed away,
Yet always visited
By those who still stay
Greenwood has welcomed many
Venerated friends and family
As well as tired exiles,
Exhumed from long-dead cemeteries.
Destroyed by highways and construction
Those hallowed sanctums had disappeared
Their denizens were relocated
To other ancestral sanctuaries
While Greenwood has grown
Its land nearly tripled in size
One must wonder if a time will come
When to construction for modern convenience
this large haven of our hearts will succumb.
The Romantic Wheeling Project is a multi-genre place-based learning project where 12th grade Honors English students at Wheeling Park High School used themes of British Romanticism like Natural over Artificial, Emotion over Reason, and the Quest for Forbidden Knowledge to explore their emotional connection with The Friendly City that raised them. Students were to choose one landmark, neighborhood, or place in Wheeling to inspire their open form creative writing. The student wrote short stories, poems, songs, and played with other genres to express their connections and views of Wheeling through a Romantic lens.