|Barked: Wed Oct 29, '08 8:58pm PST |
|So, I found this poem while looking through the 1986 Iditarod Trail Annual(don't ask...) and thought it was really great and I should share!
Here it goes:
You conquered the toughest country
Ever created on earth.
Where you led, man followed your footsteps,
And the North was given birth.
Mountains you scaled to the sky-top,
Slippery glaciers crossed,
Muskegs and barrenland traveled,
By thousands your lives were lost.
Trails of the Arctic are dotted
With the bones of your brave race,
No pillars are erected to you,
No stones mark your last resting place.
Brown-eyed, happy, and gritty
You slaved, and your only pay
Was dry-fish, blubber, or muktuk
Thrown on the snow by your sleigh.
Without you, the Great North Country
Would yet be unknown to man.
There are imsurmountable barriers
That only a dog can span.
Who went to the pole with Perry?
Who carried the serum to Nome?
Who rescued out shipwrecked sailors,
From the ice pack, brought them home?
Who traveled the creeks to Dawson?
Hauled the mail and packed the ore,
Left crimson tracks along the Bering,
Heard Aleutian lions roar?
Who struggled, helping his master
on traplines barren and dreary?
Fought polar bears from the caches,
Stood guard over those held dear?
Mankind has borne persecution
To strengthen the human race,
But never forgot the sled dogs
Who gave - and died - at the trace.
Descendant of wolf ancestors,
Tempered by hardship and pain,
Fighting a raw, tough, country,
These bred the Husky Dog strain.
Most wondrous was God's forethought
How wondrous was his plan
Developing the Husky Dog
The ally and friend of man.
You on the creeks and tundra
You in the squalid igloo,
Give thanks to God for the Husky
WHO GAVE THE GREAT NORTH TO YOU!
-Quoted from the 1986 Iditarod Trail Annual
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