Back in the day “Once upon a time”window shoppers strolled past this icon,
gazed in at ever-changing fashionable displays,
Or perhaps ducked in to browse the latest styles.
Some rode the modern escalator to themezzanine for more bargains to see.
Others visited the Tea Room to catch
up on the latest morsels from high society.
Then the inevitable curtain drop,an inglorious ending to a special place.
The Younker Brothers emporium had
to bow to twin fates: buyout and change.
Even though it sat empty for several years,valiant rescue efforts had seemed to succeed.
A conversion to apartments and retail shops,
metamorphosis to a future that honored the past.
Some casual cruel fire ended those dreams today,Three-alarm blaze burned Des Moines hopes away.
We will clean up the mess and recover, to be sure;Remember, make those new projects fire-insured.