Eternal Flame By Luke Garrison

 

A pile of ashes

So small and grey 

It shows how everything you love

Can shrivel away 

 

The clouds are big

Big with black smoke

These people risk their lives

To make sure you don’t choke

 

You call 911

For your emergency 

They’ll always be there first

With haste and urgency 

 

Sleep, Sickness, Location

All forgotten on the way to the station

As they suit up, boot by boot

Their life is at stake between the flame and that suit 

 

Unfortunately this happens to many everywhere

For some all they can do is sit and stare

So think about next time you see those red flashing lights

That you remember all the others who risked their lives

Born in 1992, and raised in southeast Michigan. Zach took to the arts at a very early age. Developing skills as a self taught artist that would eventually lead him to a career as a professional artist.

Now, a street artist based outside Pontiac, Michigan. Painting large scale murals and canvas, Zach excels in aerosol and acrylic painting. Creating murals that excite the imagination using vivid color palettes. Zach is known for his unique techniques developed over time that when paired with his talent, create a one of a kind art experience. Zach’s artistic process is constantly evolving as he hones his personal style. No matter what, zach approaches each project with complete enthusiasm and total dedication to insure moving artwork.

The Native Americans who lived in this area immediately prior to settlement were
the Chippewa. There was much early trading between the traders and the Chippewa
prior to the dividing of Michigan into sections of land for sale to settlers. The land
was sold by the federal government to settlers at $1.25 per acre.
The settlers’ trip west to Michigan was dangerous, long, and sometimes scary. Most
began their trip from the state of New York or some other Eastern states, some
coming to Michigan directly from Europe. The trip to the Northwest Territory began
over land, then through the Erie Canal and across Lake Erie, finally landing in the
Detroit area, and beginning the final landward movement of everything they could
haul or carry on their backs from their previously established life to a new life in a
new Michigan frontier full of unknowns. For some, the first unknown was where
they would find that perfect plot of
land.
Travel by the early settlers was very
difficult since there were no
roadways established in those early
days. They would move from place to place by following trails established by the
Native Americans, such as the Saginaw Trail, the Shiawassee Trail, the Cheboygan
Trail, and the Grand River Trail, just to name a few. Other methods of travel were
accomplished by waterways such as the Thread Creek, Saginaw River, and Flint
River. Another method of moving about was to follow the surveyors’ brush lines
running north-south and east-west which were generally spaced one (1) mile apart,
marking out one (1) square mile areas or sections of land.
The first federal government patent issued for Grand Blanc Township was to George
E. Perry for eighty (80) acres in Section 13 on June 3, 1824, while the last government
patent was issued to Ira Davenport on May 25, 1876 for two (2) forty (40) acre
parcels in Section 8. However, according to historic accounts and information other
than the government patent records, Jacob Stevens was the first white settler in the
Grand Blanc area. There are no records indicating a patent being issued to him in
Grand Blanc Township.