Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Wagon Train



before
iron and steel rail
crisscrossed this great country
covered wagons ferried settlers
over treacherous rock-covered mountains
across rivers shallow and deep
traveling night and day
cradles on wheels
before
hardship
beyond what we
can imagine today
gritty, unwilling to give up
the dream of settling in a brand new land
sadly, many did not make it
enduring tragedy
astonishing
hardship
rock hard
rough and tumble
unforgiving landscape
how did they manage the journey
with so very little to sustain them
these brave men and women
our ancestors
rock hard



18 comments:

  1. most def...as hard as it was you know it had to be exciting...a brave new world...and the birth pains of receiving it...nice form too ma'am

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  2. I can't imagine how they did it, particularly the women. Excellent write.

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  3. Very impressed with the rictameters.Yes,rictameters rock!:)

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  4. They were so tough and determined. The pregnant women and those who gave birth on this trip always come to my mind...I can't imagine what they had to endure!

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  5. Wonderful photo - it says it all. We are living in such a remote time on the same ground.

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  6. Love the way this is formed and the toughness seeps through it. Great piece.

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  7. Love the layout - almost looks like the layers of a rock! When we think of all our luxuries today that we feel we can't live without, it is hard to imagine how they survived!

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  8. Ah, a chained rictameter!
    By any other name, this is a compact made with blood and sweat and tears, the challenging voyage of poor folks in search of a promised land. This is what we are made of, those of us who understand such voyages, made of land, sweat, loss, and hope that never dried up.

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    1. Rosaria, your comment surpasses my poem!!

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  9. I often wonder about how the covered wagon ever made it when I am in some of the wilder parts of the country. And yes I guess they were just tough and determined--plus lucky! Neat form, though I did not know the name of it (I am not very knowledgable about forms). Thanks for your continued participation!

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  10. Yes. Rock-hard indeed. I loved this presentation. A very nice write!

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  11. Hard work and resilience ... those settlers had such perseverance. Did I just rhyme? See, your lovely poem is inspiring :)

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  12. love this helen it's like the cowboy poetry prompt from Toads the other day :) Way to capture that frontier spirit.

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  13. ps "chained rictameter" - sweet!

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  14. Perfect form for your thoughts on those difficult days.
    Well managed and great to read.
    Liked to get to know you through the interview, and loved your workroom in the eerie of your home.

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  15. Great job.

    It echoes the hardships that still sound in the old tales of my parents.

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  16. Helen this form was perfect for your subject. Hardy, gritty and wonderfully written.

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  17. So good! Love the format and you have followed the concept so well throughout! Even the form it takes is boulder-like! So good!

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