Free Verse entries for the Word Picture Contest
|The Pursuit of Dreams
“Go west, young man!” and with these spoken words
A nation lifted up its eyes to see
The far-flung vistas that before remained
Obscured in mists shrouding the horizon.
A need to know what lies beyond, ingrained
By generations who crossed the oceans
For a promise, thin as the pungent gruel
They blessed, of a chance for a better day.
By wagon, by horse, by foot they traversed
This land of endless possibilities.
The next valley, the next mountain, onward
Toward the sunset, building a nation.
Their journey complete, at the ocean’s edge
They discarded their old world heritage
And loudly proclaimed “We’re Americans!”
And with those words, a new journey began.
An entry for the Feb 3 - 10 round of "Word Pictures Contest"
Form: Free Verse
Line Limit: 7 - 40
Line Count: 16