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The Pilgrimage

They fought the tide to own this land
A fight I did not understand
They fought the plow, they fought the drought, they fought the debt
But yet,…by God,……they owned the pride

In retrospect, I'm still ashamed
It was, my flippant pilgrimage
I had come a stranger to this place
About to step upon the moon,
A cratered space of rocks and sage
Of rolling hills, with no escape

She saw it differently, of course 
Although her body weary, worn
Her eyes were strong, ...she saw a home

Her age was then, what mine is now
It had been her home, and it had been her vow
To come again, just one more time.  

I was thirteen, and dragged along
I overlooked the great attraction
I could not see the satisfaction
I missed the light upon her face

She saw the youth she left behind
Her gray eyes drinking up the sun, 
I saw the dust, I saw the bones, 
Where she saw beauty,  I saw none .....
Nothing more than a sea of weeds, the crumbling brick, 
A place to shuffle my restless feet

But stories came, and they sunk in….
And now I view with wiser eyes…
She told me all these things back then…but now, I smile,… remembering.

     They had to fight to own this piece of land
     They fought the plow, they fought the drought, they fought the debt
     And yet,…oh yes,…….they owned the pride


Recited on youtube

For Deb's Contest:....2nd Option..(With age comes wisdom, understanding and
                                                  appreciation. I am never too old to keep learning
                                                  and value those who came before and made me
                                                  who I am.)


Copyright © Carrie Richards

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  1. Date: 1/30/2014 1:54:00 PM
    Wow, this paints such a story within your words of another time and really embodies the theme, great write! Congrats on your win! :)

  1. Date: 1/22/2014 1:13:00 PM
    What a story Carrie lovely congrats on win Shadow x smile hugs

  1. Date: 1/22/2014 2:54:00 AM
    Yesssssssssss: I am so moved with the closing yet symphonic last lines of your free verse; But stories came, and they sunk in…. And now I view with wiser eyes… She told me all these things back then…but now, I smile,… remembering. Congrats. Dutch Geetings. Elly

  1. Date: 1/21/2014 10:25:00 PM
    Dear Carrie... I wish I had a way of rating your poem as a 10. Clear winner. Love it. BAM! CTB

  1. Date: 1/21/2014 9:21:00 PM
    Inspiring write on the words of wisdom and congrats on the win, Carrie

  1. Date: 1/21/2014 8:06:00 PM
    I see this has won before NO SURPRISE ;) thank you Carrie it was a joy to read I see I missed it the first time! Congrad's Light & Love

  1. Date: 4/23/2013 7:01:00 PM
    Congrats on your grand win.~A.O

  1. Date: 4/23/2013 11:33:00 AM
    HI dear Carrie! Super congrats to you for this one-- it makes me smile (and so honored!) to place with you as well-- this poem of yours was wonderful in the sense that everything complemented so well-- the music, the photos and how you read it--It made me smile, hearing your lovely voice! I enjoyed viewing this gem again :) super congrats!

  1. Date: 4/23/2013 3:09:00 AM
    Hi Carrie, big congrats on your top win..... well penned.....

  1. Date: 4/22/2013 11:11:00 PM
    Dear Carrie, This was so beautiful. The way it is presented with your voice telling the story and the photos that compliment your poem I am very impressed and moved by it. I helped my aunt return to a little town of her birth in Kansas before she passed on. She was 75 at the time. My mother was born in the home she took me to. A once grand old home with a windmill that looked so much like the photos you showed. Brought tears to my eyes Carrie. Congrats on your deserving win!

  1. Date: 4/22/2013 6:29:00 PM
    Hello Carrie, :-) congratulations with your awesome Recited Poem.... Always~ PD

  1. Date: 4/22/2013 5:31:00 PM
    Hi Carrie, fantastic job, What an amazing write this was. congratulations on your well deserved win!

  1. Date: 4/22/2013 4:45:00 PM
    WOW Carrie: This is so professional. I would love to learn to do this. The sepia tones really added to the mood and your style is so natural You are an amazing poet and storyteller. Love, SuZ

  1. Date: 4/22/2013 4:35:00 PM
    This is an outstanding AV presentation, Carrie, what I envisioned when I thought of the contest. The sepia toned photos were perfect to set the mood and not overwhelm the words. Congratulations! Please comment on my new blog if you can so others can learn from your experience.

  1. Date: 4/9/2013 12:37:00 PM
    This is excellent Carrie and the video is wonderful, well done...Seren

  1. Date: 4/1/2013 9:20:00 AM
    A nice rhythm going here, and thoughts of a distant time. What a beauty! I am going to watch the video now!

  1. Date: 4/1/2013 3:08:00 AM
    Carrie for some reason it won't let me view it but nonetheless it does not detract from this being a wonderful piece of work and I can visualise it all, good luck...David

  1. Date: 3/31/2013 3:25:00 PM
    hey carrie! i watched (and listened to) your video and found it very touching and beautiful. the visuals really added to the poem. best of luck in the contest! and, in answer to your question about my recited poem, i am in a little theater group and have written 5 plays, all in rhyme. i'm not one of the actors in this one, though...

  1. Date: 3/31/2013 3:30:00 AM
    Carrie this is wonderful, I was mesmerized. Happy Easter my friend. Rick