Jeff Gangwer

Rookie - 483 Points (September 23,1984 / Hood River, Oregon)

Pioneers And Parade Floats - Poem by Jeff Gangwer

Brigham Young and the Mormon Pioneers rode
Out from the Midwest back in 1847—
Fourteen thousands of ‘em—in their teams and wagons

Theirs was an expedition of one thousand, three hundred miles—
A route that seventy thousand others
Followed over the next twenty years of progress

All that toil

One hundred and sixty-seven years later,
I stood with the Utahans on 200 East and we clapped
To the sight of a “roaring” mechanical T. rex on a lavish parade float

He was bigger and taller than anything else
And his green head swiveled
And his yellow jaw opened and closed

And he was “pushing forward” while “pulling” a handcart


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Poem Submitted: Monday, May 11, 2015



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