Pioneers crossed the country

from east to west by

covered wagon or ox cart

to a new beginning~

a homestead to claim;

land to tame and conquer.

Brave men and women

left behind all they knew,

the homes they cherished,

and the people they loved

to create order from

the savage wilderness.

Fell the trees.

Clear the land.

Build a cabin.

Hope was carried in the form of

seeds tucked in a small bag.

Praying their crops would grow

when precious seeds were

placed in the virgin soil.

Working hard to survive,

a family alone through strife

and sickness and loss.

Only the strongest individuals

managed to succeed in the wild;

the rest were returned to the land.




Linking to open link night at Imaginary Garden with Real Toads.


8 thoughts on “Pioneering

    • As writers, we’re all pioneers in a way – planting our little word seeds and praying they yield crops of influence, change, entertainment, enlightenment (and money for our efforts, in some cases). Terrific poem.

  1. Simple.

    Just watched MEEKS CUTOFF, and while it was a snore-fest of a story, they captured the
    essence of the reality.

    Still, I’d be quite happy to be homesteading somewhere out there………..

  2. Pioneering days typical of what happened in the wild west that blazed the way for others to follow. The families waiting to see their sweat and toil should bring results. Great verse!


  3. Love your photos, Teresa. They’re perfection coupled with your lovely poem. I sometimes try to imagine being that brave to strike out like that, and I fear I couldn’t be…

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