ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Books, Literature, and Writing»
  • Poems & Poetry

One Great Deliverer

Updated on March 7, 2017

Eighteen sixty-three well marked the start of the Intercontinental railway,

The nineteen hundred mile track was completed by eighty-nine, in May.

Head boss drove a last "golden spike", the tenth, at Promontory Summit,

Locomotives 119 and the Jupiter were the first two, just as fast as a comet.

Laborers, Civil War Vets, from both North and South, Chinamen, Blacks, whites,

Worked hard every day, paid thirty dollars per month, all food and lodging, rights.

The railway, "The Overland Route", brought East and West together, in a unison,

Crops, equipment, clothing, human needs, staples, together, its fond procession.

Human loss on the building of the great railroad reported more than 1200 men,

Avalanches, bad weather, heat and cold, all took its toll, on this, lives to depend.

Men worked around the clock, both day and night, its message of hope to send.

The huge monetary cost, so many millions, well worth that investment, in the end,

At last, through much toil and heroic acts, the East and West were connected,

The mighty locomotives progressed and so developed into streamlined trains.

People were able to travel at little expense across the country, to be protected,

The profit of the nation's commercial state, soared through the roof, of its gains.

This story of the making of the grand railroad is a testament to humankind,

The uniting of all races, this fine illustration so embraces, the ties that bind.

Showing by finest example, the strength to so meet challenges, all designs,

This wonderful deed, helped our country succeed, the human spirit, defines.

What came next...
What came next...


all rights reserved and under copyright laws 2017



    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • whonunuwho profile image

      whonunuwho 9 months ago from United States

      Thank you my friend. Our teachers mean so much to the children of this world and get so little recognition. Blessings. whonu

    • bravewarrior profile image

      Shauna L Bowling 9 months ago from Central Florida

      I wish my high school teachers had taught history this way. I may have paid more attention!

    • whonunuwho profile image

      whonunuwho 10 months ago from United States

      Thank you so much my friend for your kind words. whonu

    • manatita44 profile image

      manatita44 10 months ago from london

      Most kinds of pioneering are awesome and filled with heroics or good deeds. There will be ups and downs, but Love dances in the shadows as well as the Light. Wonderful Hub!

    • Vellur profile image

      Nithya Venkat 10 months ago from Dubai

      Well done, creative and informative. The grand railroad is an example of hard work, intelligence, and creativity of humankind. Enjoyed reading.

    • whonunuwho profile image

      whonunuwho 10 months ago from United States

      Thank you so much for your inspiration, my friend. whonu

    • Michael-Milec profile image

      Michael-Milec 10 months ago

      A valuable history lesson of great and dedicated forefathers giving their most and best for the future of the country.

    • MsDora profile image

      Dora Weithers 10 months ago from The Caribbean

      History and appreciation chronicled together in poetry.Creative, useful, interesting!