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Stampedes of Water

from Hopeless Romantic by Claire Ness

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Stampedes of water
And manes of white horses
Swallowed stampeders
And dreams of their gold.

But those who made history
Were just as forgotten
Cause we’ll never know if
The truth is what we’re told.

George Carmack had a dream
To be Chief of a tribe
And a vision of a salmon
With gold nugget eyes.

When he found Skookum Jim
He married Jim’s sister Kate
And they made the first find
Making others too late.

In Skagway Joe Brooks
Pushed his mules overboard
Swam with them ashore
And bred them 300 more.

Packing goods up the pass
He made thousands a day.
He lay nuggets on the bar
“Everyone drinks!” he’d say.

You’d know him to see him
Riding full tilt through town,
With his two tiny sons
One tucked under each arm.

The rush to the riches
Where pioneers were grown,
A rushing river of lost souls
And seeds barely sewn.

Martha Black from high society
To the Yukon to find gold.
Her rich husband in Hawaii,
Her and her baby in the cold.

After running a sawmill
And an ore-crushing plant,
It takes a tough Yukon lady
To survive parliament.


from Hopeless Romantic, released April 24, 2013


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Claire Ness Whitehorse, Yukon

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Wild northern spirit.

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