Jeff Gangwer

Rookie - 274 Points (September 23,1984 / Hood River, Oregon)

Pioneers and Parade Floats


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

Submitted: Monday, July 28, 2014

Topic of this poem: history


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