Poems by Bill Baxter

 

YOUNG KATE SHELLEY.

 

In 1881, Kate Shelley;

Young Kate Shelley,

Carried her Father's Lantern in her hand.

She risked her life,

To save the Midnight Train,

Was the bravest teen in the land.

Was the bravest teen in the land.

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One stormy night, Kate Shelley;

Young Kate Shelley,

Saw Ol' Engine 11 go down in Honey Creek.

She saw two men trapped,

She ran to get help,

Into the night so stormy and bleak.

Into the night so stormy and bleak.

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Kate Shelley;

Young Kate Shelley,

Crawled over The Des Moines

River Bridge without hesitation.

With her lantern blown out,

She crossed in total darkness,

To reach the Moingona Station.

To reach the Moingona Station.

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Kate Shelley;

Young Kate Shelley,

Reached the station all bloody and worn.

The Midnight Train was halted,

The two men were rescued,

The "Iowa Heroine" was born.

The "Iowa Heroine" was born.

ODE TO THE PILGRIMS AND INDIANS.

 

 

The Pilgrims sailed from London to the New World,

To escape persecution historians did say;

They sailed aboard The Mayflower,

And landed on Plymouth Rock one Autumn Day.

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The Pilgrims and The Indians made peace,

The Women and the Indian Squaws made peace,

William Bradford and Squanto made peace.

And they shared in that First Thanksgiving Feast.

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BETHLEHEM! OH BETHLEHEM!

 

Bethlehem! Oh Bethlehem!

The City of which we often sing.

In a manger bare

Born of Mary there

'Twas the Savior

Christ the King.

 

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During this time of year

Which we hold so dear

And do things

That are festive beyond reason.

The Name which stands out

From Frosty and Santa, is Jesus;

Who's the reason for The Season.

 

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(This was later made into a Christmas Carol.)