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Poems by the End of the Oregon Trail
Through the Gorge of the Yangtze
By J. V. Laswell
- After long and careful planning
- The schedule was complete;
- Then Levi made _his_ statement,
- "I'm ready for the meet."
- With 'bank-crew' poised and waiting,
- The surgeons did their part,
- Then the steady throb of the engine
- Showed it was time to start.
- He broached the Yangtze canyon
- And its shadows black as night,
- And only on the monitors
- They checked his vessel's flight.
- As it raced down through the canyon
- They stood on either side;
- To push him from the rock walls
- That might impeded his ride.
- In the foam of the boiling rapids
- And down long glassy slides;
- That one-man craft raced onward
- In its death-defying ride.
- All night they kept their vigil,
- And now in the light of day,
- That small craft rides at anchor
- Here on a quiet bay.
- No more the chilling night winds
- Will fling the canyon's foam.
- We now can start to count the days
- Until he'll be back home.
Jules Verne Laswell
Copyright ©1990 J. V. Laswell.
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