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How The West Was Won

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Joyce Johnson
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When he emigrated to North Dakota
Daddy came to help fill needed quota
Of young strong men of honest worth
For untamed land at its new birth.

The settlers in this brand new land
Weren’t looking for the wild cow-hand,
The drifter who’d collect his pay,
Then casually be on his way.

Some would then join an outlaw band,
Before the law came to the land.
Though their kind earned infamous glory,
Men like my dad were the real story.

North Dakota had only been a state,
Ten years when Daddy tested fate.
He left Eastern standards and aesthetics.
Armed only with his strong work ethics.

He and his kind would build the schools,
And churches and towns and follow rules.
He homesteaded in nineteen hundred one
And that is how the west was won.


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1 posted 05-01-2013 06:47 AM       View Profile for Margherita   Email Margherita   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Margherita

North Dakota had only been a state,
Ten years when Daddy tested fate.
He left Eastern standards and aesthetics.
Armed only with his strong work ethics.


You tell the story in a very efficient way and in the same time you honor your Dad and his creative spirit and work so beautifully. I enjoyed this much.

Love,
Margherita

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I am mastered totally by Love."
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Oh, I enjoyed this Joyce!  You have captured the spirit of your dad and this era of the West beautifully. Thank you for starting my morning with a smile.

Best wishes,
/Kit
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Thanks.
I always enjoy reading your stories.
Melton
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4 posted 05-23-2013 02:24 AM       View Profile for Alison   Email Alison   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alison

This is such a wonderful slice of history married to your life.  I really like it.

Alison
 
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