We’re travelling the wide sage brush prairies
in our sturdy built home on four wheels,
just gazing away out the window,
and wondering how it would feel
to have gone in an old prairie schooner,
with a family crossing the plains,
having taken all of their possessions,
to weather the wind and the rains.
Making camp as the sun was near setting,
with the rays casting shadows so long,
but with each one,
their chores undertaken,
Mother’d have fire and food warming on.
The horses are unbridled, watered,
and fed before family’d eat;
as important a task, even more so,
for they need to rest their tired “feet.”
Such a challenge the passage presented
one could never foresee nor believe;
for weather, the travelling companion,
had surprises up her sleeve.
At times, growing clouds seem to build up
and flatten in great anvil shapes,
encouraged by winds from west ranges,
giving vistas of wondrous cloudscapes.
Yet, hidden within the cloud galleons
lay a power to frighten the best,
to shiver the timbers of most men,
as they dare to conquer the west.
And mother would comfort her babies,
holding frightened ones close by her side,
whispering words that could ease fears
as each in Mom’s dressfolds would hide.
Yet each threat had its inborn duration.
Storms spent themselves and passed on,
while family’d recover their courage,
hitch up, and continue onward at dawn.
We never will know how they did it,
with their primitive wagon and goods,
but courage and faith were companions,
as they forged every mile they could.
Our house has a bathroom and shower;
soft beds, with clean linens are made;
a kitchen, and fridge, chairs and tables,
with awning on the side for our shade.
No courage required in these times,
save for one whose strong faith
and good cheer,
has made the same trip for the first time,
yet, she’s now in her eightieth year.
Hats off to those old pioneer stock.
Silent praises, non-spoken, we give,
as we travel the roads in today’s time,
their courage we’ll try to relive.
- Who Me? (patcegan.wordpress.com)
- Courage (wheezingaway.wordpress.com)