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<i>No Turning Back,</i> sculpture and poem by Veryl Goodnight
Photographer: Barry Swackhamer
Taken: May 27, 2016
Caption: No Turning Back, sculpture and poem by Veryl Goodnight
Additional Description: Too young and naive to think they could fail
Too full of visions for the end of the trail
They stored their silk dresses and donned calico
To join the cry of Westward Ho

Their diaries tell of the endless hours
The vast sea of grass and bounty of wildflowers
They tell of children conceived and born
And of those who were buried in the gray silent morn

Still the wagons rolled on and the ruts got deeper
The column moved westward as the route got steeper
Teams dropped from exhaustion in the summer heat
As the emigrants pressed on defying defeat

They met Indians who were friends and many that were foe
They saw days of drought and blinding snow
Only one thing was certain along this wagon track
There was absolutely No Turning Back

Submitted: June 14, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
Database Locator Identification Number: p354263
File Size: 3.535 Megabytes

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