The Hague, The Netherlands
I Was The First!
For many years I lived along a creek
And navigated down-stream quite a bit
To find a glimpse of what the end may bring --
A river wild that put a spell on me
One day I packed my bags and got my boat
Not beaver, nor a hunt this time my goal
But merely satisfying needs within
Exploring wildest river known to me
What would be at the end of this wild beast?
Enormous lake where many rivers meet?
And banks much further than the eye can reach?
Or would it end at sea to mingle in?
So off I was and slept along the way
And during night the deer and wolf stopped by
Raccoon stole food and ruined my supplies
Misfortune could not stop me from my quest!
On berries, blue and fish I stayed alive
A rabbit old, occasionally snared
My pipe, a good old friend and company
While birds sang me a lullaby to sleep
The river started flowing faster yet
And danger lurked around each bend I sailed
A rapid, strong or whirlpool to avoid
But bit by bit I conquered every stream
Although I must admit it was a fight
With nature of a kind beyond my dreams
Inferiority revealed to me
By flowing faster on this river wild
One day I heard a sound not known to me
And for a single moment time stood still
A mile ahead a waterfall so grand
Of such a beauty I could hardly breathe
I had to reach the shore to save my butt
A test of utmost strength to man and boat
My muscles aching, asking for relief
Another 15 feet and I'd be safe
The Indians would not allow me rest
Their arrows aimed to kill this weary man
My one chance of survival straight ahead
By going over falls without an end
Niagara Falls is where you'll find my bones
A man's heart broken, story never told!
Another man got famous and not me!
Discovering these falls y'all come to see
So now my bones lay at the bottom of
The greatest beauty one has ever seen
My spirit bound till somebody believes
I was the first discovering the Falls
Dear folks, who read this story, set me free
By throwing in a dime to break the spell
For if you do, I may at last find peace
Niagara Falls, lay not my soul to waste