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The Impossible Dream (rare attempt at free verse)

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John Yaws
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0 posted 02-21-2000 07:38 PM       View Profile for John Yaws   Email John Yaws   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit John Yaws's Home Page   View IP for John Yaws

What I’d like? Hmmm?
Interesting thought, that.
I’d like a Roc’s egg....
A guided tour by John Clayton, Lord Greystoke
To sit across the table and play one hand with
John Oakhurst, Gambler.
To walk the plains of Barsoom with John Carter.
To talk to Earp and Behan
On the streets of Tombstone...
To drive a dog team through the Klondike-
And climb Everest with Sir Edmund Hillary
To sail ‘tround the Horn with sir Francis Drake-
To buy a dram for Robbie Burns
While he enchants me wi’ ‘is wit.
To be a hero...ride with Custer..
Die beside Crockett at the Alamo!
Aye, lad! I’d like these and more-
To trap the Yellowstone with Jedediah Smith,
Explore the Mojave with Joe Meek.
Run a trapline with “Old Gabe” Bridger-
Rendezvous with Hugh Glass, and Broken-hand Fitzpatrick
Ride with Captain Jack Hayes of the Texas Rangers
Be in the stands when Freckles Brown rode Tornado
In the National Finals in OKC in 1967...
At the youthful age of forty-seven.
To dream the impossible dream.

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1 posted 02-21-2000 08:37 PM       View Profile for Mike   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mike

My father would take me down to OKC for the Finals...  missed '67.  Have dreamt about a few of the others also...
nice effort.
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2 posted 02-21-2000 08:41 PM       View Profile for Breathe~   Email Breathe~   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Breathe~

~To dream the impossible dream...~

what do we have...if not dreams?  I like this...great style...

 I love the time
and in between
the calm inside me
in the space
where I can breathe...

Sarah McLachlan
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3 posted 02-21-2000 10:08 PM       View Profile for Meadowmuse   Email Meadowmuse   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Meadowmuse's Home Page   View IP for Meadowmuse

Gunslinger, free verse becomes you! You did just fine, far better than my own meager efforts, to be sure. Love your Robert Burns reference...can I tag along??

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4 posted 02-21-2000 10:34 PM       View Profile for Saxoness   Email Saxoness   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Saxoness

Yehah Cowboy! Good work!

 "Glory remains unaware of my neglected dwelling where alone
I sing my tearful song which has charms only for me."

-Charles Brugnot

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5 posted 02-21-2000 11:10 PM       View Profile for Corinne   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Corinne

hmmm, what could I add to this (and admit that I didn't know all of the aforementioned names) - k, 2 come immediately to mind:

1)  be a fly on the "wall" for the Lewis and Clark Expeditions, and

2) be able to have witnessed well, some of the Donner Party Exhibition.  It's a big deal in California history and quite a fascintatin' tale, even without the cannabilism.  Did you know, for example, that they were stuck in snow in what is now known as Donner Summer from Late October 1846 until the following April of 1847?

Anyway, thanks for the thought provoking prose, Gunslinger!  Que Bonito!


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6 posted 02-21-2000 11:12 PM       View Profile for RobertB   Email RobertB   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for RobertB

Welcome to the world of free verse!!!!!

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7 posted 02-22-2000 04:48 AM       View Profile for tracie66   Email tracie66   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit tracie66's Home Page   View IP for tracie66

Great job gunslinger I don't think I'd even try to attempt free verse...mmm maybe one day (I'll keep dreaming)
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