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Every day we  reviewed them in  parade attitude
Along the Snake River in the Tetons’ solitude,
Or at attention on the banks of  the Volga
In  the infinite taiga  -

In neat ranks along river terraces
Warm dark  firs mixed with yellow acer,
All with the wind slowly leaning,
Their branches  across the river-ice signalling

To great endless squadrons of their fellows :      
In spring with  their  full  flowers  - yellows :
An army in a gold and topaz uniform
Ready and waiting for orders  to fall in and conform ;

And in fall with their rich golden foliage
Always polished and  ready for duty with courage.  
In poor soil, in tough climate,  these were heroes
Prepared for all their tomorrows.

Each morning  we watched “Reveille” parade
In the dawn’s early light; and the evening shade 
Gave  “taps”  for that  heroic multitude -
The  taiga’s  topaz army,  in  golden solitude.

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Written by Sydney Peck
Entered in Tracie ~*~ Indigo Dreamweaver's Contest ...Paint the world...

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  1. Date: 7/29/2012 5:20:00 PM
    Sidney, A belated congrats on your colorful win! I enjoyed this vibrant, historical write!Love and Blessings, Rhonda

  1. Date: 7/27/2012 1:36:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win in Tracie's "Paint The World" contest Sydney. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 7/27/2012 9:17:00 AM
    We have been camping along the Snake River, just as you describe, in the solitude of the Grand Tetons....... you took me back there, for just a moment while reading this beauty. Thank you for that lovely memory!

    Beck Avatar Sidney Beck
    Date: 7/27/2012 11:33:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    i'm very happy to help jog your memories Carrie...yes the Tetons are just about the most impressive mountain range i have seen....they can also be seen to glorious effect in the old movie SHANE with Alan it again sometime just for the Tetons!! best wishes Syd
  1. Date: 7/26/2012 6:38:00 PM
    I like the creative imagery, Sidney.Congrats on your win! Love, Kim

  1. Date: 7/26/2012 2:34:00 PM
    OK OK you are a GREAT Devil! what a write! Made me like the couplet form LOL definte 7 and a fav! [Sometime for the heck of it I'm going to read your fav's, maybe you'd like mine?] Congrad's on your win. Light & love

    Beck Avatar Sidney Beck
    Date: 7/26/2012 2:46:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Debs you are too kind, but I am genuinely glad you like my wishes
  1. Date: 7/26/2012 4:38:00 AM
    Sidney congrats on your win, you are on a roll, well done..David

  1. Date: 7/26/2012 3:14:00 AM
    What a beautiful description of the forest Sidney, congratulations on your well deserved win xx