Jeff Gangwer

Rookie - 274 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 thousand of ‘em—in their teams and wagons

Theirs was a journey of one thousand, three hundred miles—
An arduous journey that seventy thousand
Completed 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
Our hands to the sight of a mechanical T. rex on a 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, July 28, 2014

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