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American Osmosis

American Osmosis Jamestown was the source of this Movement that swept across the continent At first the ships were left behind And people used what they could find A mule, an ox, a Percheron Whatever they could sit upon They loaded up and west they went Some went north and some went south They filled the land e're which they went The Louisiana Purchase was the big event That sealed America’s destiny Soon the country was spilling westward To be the first to make a print Where no one else ever went They hoped for happiness as their destiny The Donners never did find any There were others rushed by gold With hopes of riches they would hold But mostly what the immigrants found Was this great nation which was bound To fill her borders sea to sea With citizens like you and me We owe thanks to Conestoga and Civil War Beaver hats and railroad cars Pulled behind the great iron horse Of muskets bore and coon skin caps Horses and cattle and leather chaps Cowboys, six guns and barbed wire fences Rangers, Marshals and bar maid glimpses Pony Express and long coach rides Wagon loads of buffalo hides And the Indians who gave their homes Of mountains and prairies where bison roamed To live among us brave and bold Absorbed by the manifest destiny told Of the American Osmosis

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  1. Date: 3/2/2012 8:37:00 PM
    RAY... CONGRATULATIONS ..ON YOUR WONDERFUL WIN~ Have yourself a very nice night ;-)*always..pd

  1. Date: 3/1/2012 9:07:00 AM
    congrats Ray on a stunning win for this stirring write for political contest luv.. most powerful piece..

  1. Date: 3/1/2012 5:28:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in Dana'lynn's contest Ray. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 3/1/2012 1:46:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win xx

  1. Date: 2/29/2012 9:51:00 PM
    This is wonderful and you left out little. Congratulations. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 1/10/2011 3:32:00 PM
    :) Thanks for supporting the "Dazzle Us with History" Contest that James Fraser and I are co-hosting, Ray. Best wishes, Carolyn

  1. Date: 5/12/2010 9:18:00 AM
    Beaver hats off to you, Ray! This is a terrific epic that allows the reader to follow you on the Westward trail. Certainly one of the best I've seen for the contest! Wishing you success. Best wishes, Carolyn

  1. Date: 5/12/2010 3:08:00 AM
    Rather interesting on how you captured this write pretty good, enjoyed,..p.d.

  1. Date: 5/11/2010 8:53:00 PM
    Wonderful write Ray and a history lesson too ..good luck if entered in the contest.. with luv from the "Sweetheart"

  1. Date: 5/11/2010 1:42:00 PM
    Excellent poem, Ray....I hope you have entered this in the contest! Filled with a glimpse of history, expression, and color of those difficult and challenging times. You have captured it as if I'm seeing a Remington painting! Nicely done! ~ Carrie