Posted by: Ron DuBour | August 4, 2021

Dreams He Dreamed~by rldubour


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Was long ago in time 
He played there in the sand.
And even then he dreamed 
Of building something grand. 

Once he was a captain
Commander of his ship. 
Or would dress like Zorro
With mask a sword and whip. 

All imagination 
Was vivid as can be.
Six guns and cowboy hat
Was quite a sight to see.

Batman and Superman 
His heroes all stood tall.
Fighting all the villains 
He triumphed over all. 

Each day a different quest.
He roamed from east to west. 
Searching for the outlaws 
That soon he would arrest.

He could be a Pirate
Or a famous Indian Chief. 
Form a hunting party 
And call himself Cochise. 

That was then so long ago
Now he has a son to show.
Time had passed this was so 
Ever fast never slow.

He still recalls his boyhood dreams  
Great heroes everyday.
With his son so often 
You’ll see them both at play. 

He thinks back to his dream
Of building something grand. 
What grander thing could ever be?
Than holding his son’s hand.

Posted by: Ron DuBour | July 30, 2021

Knowing America through Poetry~by rldubour, in alpha order


MAINE

Maine - Wikipedia

The motto is, “I direct” and
Residents are called Mainers
The nickname is “The Pine tree state.”
All other nicknames are disclaimers.

The French called this land Acadia
Was later changed to Maine.
It’s believed that the English explorers
Had changed it when they came.

The flower is the white pine cone and tassel
The official state bird is the chickadee.
The state’s animal is the moose
And the official insect is the honeybee.

The state’s gemstone is the tourmaline

The white pine is the official state tree.

The official fish is the landlocked salmon

And the state’s fruit is the wild blueberry.

Augusta is the most eastern capital city

The city of Eastport is the most easterly one

And West Quoddy Head in Eastport is mentioned

As the first spot to see the morning sun.

With over 800,000 acres of wilderness

To view all the beauty of natures creation.

The White Mountain National Forest

Is the second most visited in the nation.

The flavor and taste of the lobster
Has won incredible international fame.
Nearly 90% of the nation’s lobster supply
Is caught off the coast of Maine.

With a total of 33,215 square miles,
This is New England’s biggest state.
With 26 state parks, 5,000 streams
And twenty-five hundred lakes!

Two famous authors Longfellow and King
Of their works one would revel.
Mount Katahdin is the state’s highest point
At 5,268 feet above sea level.

Rockafeller, Farnum, King and Dix
Some famous names we can not dismiss
Longfellow, Spencer, Robinson and Stowe
Names from Maine that you might want to know.
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Statehood, March 15, 1820 the 23rd state
Capital is Augusta

Text Box: AUTHOR NOTES:
Joshua L. Chamberlain born in Brewer received the only battlefield promotion to General during the Civil War. He was also the last Civil War soldier to die of wounds incurred in the War. The White Mountain National Forest covers nearly 800,000 acres, the forest covers a landscape ranging from hardwood forests to the largest alpine area east of the Rocky Mountains Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was considered the most influential poet of his day. The writer was born in Portland, on February 2, 1807. His most popular works include "The Courtship of Miles Standish", "Evangeline" and "Hiawatha".
Posted by: Ron DuBour | July 23, 2021

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LOUISIANA

Louisiana - Wikipedia

The original name was Luisiana

The Spanish version of Louisiana.

In honor of King Louis the fourteenth

To live on this land they called nirvana.

 The Motto of this state is

“Union, Justice and Confidence.”

Nicknamed the Pelican State

Because of their great abundance.

The state’s flower is the magnolia

And the official crustacean is the crawfish.

Of course the official bird is the Pelican

While the state’s tree is the Bald Cypress.

The amphibian is the green frog

The official insect is the honey bee.

The alligator and the black bear

Either one are best to just let them be!

The “Mardi Gras” an ancient custom

Of southern Europe’s fun and cuisine.

And the first Tarzan movie ever filmed

Was in Louisiana in nineteen-seventeen.

When this state was officially named

The people were called Louisianans.

In Lafayette in the mid-seventeen hundreds

The French were called Acadians.

The Superdome in New Orleans is the

Largest dome with not one unobstructed post

And The Special Olympics International Games

It was Baton Rouge, who was the host.

Mamou, the Cajun music capital of the world

From all points they come to play their songs.

And Metairie is home to the longest bridge

Over Water at twenty-four miles long!

The New Orleans and Carrolliton line

Is the oldest street railroad still in operation.

And Julia “Pansy” Rule drove in the gold spike

Of the Pacific Railroad completion.

Famous names again, some you may have seen

Huey, Newton, Truman Capote and Geoffrey Beene.

Gumbel, Stewart, Al Hirt and Louis Armstrong

DeBakey, Jackson and John James Audubon. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Statehood, April 30, 1812 the18th state

Capital is Baton Rouge

Text Box: AUTHOR NOTES:
Elmo Lincoln is often given that title because he starred in the earliest of the Tarzan movies, Tarzan of the Apes, released in
1918. 
The official reptile is the alligator and the official animal is the black bear.

Posted by: Ron DuBour | July 17, 2021

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KENTUCKY

Kentucky - Wikipedia

To the Cherokee it means, area south
Of the Ohio River is this land.
The origin of this states name is
Disputed to some it means “meadowland”

The people are called Kentuckians
And the song, “My Old Kentucky Home.”
Motto is; “United we stand, divided we fall.”
And called “The Bluegrass State” as it is known.

Mammouth Cave, the worlds longest and
The second oldest attraction since its creation.
And Kentucky was the favorite hunting ground
For the Cherokee and Shawnee nation.

Mary Wilson of Henderson in 1887
A day to honor mother, her wish would soon begin.
Also Colonel Sanders opens the first
Kentucky Fried Chicken store in Corbin.

The highest bridge in America over navigable
Water is High Bridge near Nicholasville.
And they still talk about the feud between the
Hatfield’s and McCoy’s where even looks would kill.

Washington, the first town in the United States
Named after a President in the year of 1780.
And the first Miss America from this state
Heather Renee French, what a lady!

The world’s shortest and deepest underground river

 Is Lost River Cave near Bowling Green.

And Fort Knox has the largest deposit of gold

That is all well locked and kept unseen.

In 1892 the radio was invented by a Kentuckian

Named Nathan B Stubblefield of Murray

Daniel Boone and wife Rebecca are buried

Together in the Frankfort cemetery.

The state bird is the cardinal

The game animal is the gray squirrel

The insect is the Viceroy butterfly

And the gem stone is the freshwater pearl.

Now famous names like Jim Bowie

Sawyer, Clooney and Abe Lincoln

Warren, Depp, Reese and Davis

Barkley, Monroe and Loretta Lynn

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Statehood, June 1, 1792 the 15th state

Capital is Frankfort

AUTHOR NOTES:
The largest amount of gold stored anywhere in the world at Fort Knox, over $6 Billion.
The Hatfield’s actually lived in Virginia the McCoy’s in Kentucky. They were only
separated by the Tug River which served as the state line. The feud lasted 40 years

Text Box: AUTHOR NOTES: 
The largest amount of gold stored anywhere in the world at Fort Knox, over $6 Billion. 
The Hatfield’s actually lived in Virginia the McCoy’s in Kentucky. They were only
separated by the Tug River which served as the state line. The feud lasted 40 years from
1860-1900,

KANSAS

Kansas - Wikipedia

The residents are called “Kansans”
The nickname is the “Sunflower State”.
This state named after the Kansa people
“Home on the Range” number one it rates.

Kansas means “People of the south wind”
This word comes from the Sioux tribe.
In the United States Dodge City is the windiest
As the weather has transcribed.

The official bird is the meadowlark
The state’s tree is the cottonwood.
The animal is the buffalo, where
Hundreds of thousands once have stood.

Legendary lawmen like, “Wild Bill” Hickok
“Bat” Masterson and Wyatt Earp.
Who kept peace in towns like Wichita,
Dodge City, Abilene and Ellsworth.

At Fort Riley, General Custer formed
The famous 7th Calvary in 1866.
And at the “Battle of Little Bighorn”
Only a horse named “Comanche” came out of it!

Barton County was named after the
Famous civil war nurse Clara Barton.
The largest gas fields in the world are
Found in the gas field of Hugoton.

The Rock Island Bridge is the longest
Railroad Bridge that spans the sky
And at one time in Kansas it was against
The law to serve ice cream on cherry pie!

Kansas has the largest population
Of wild grouse in America.
And the world famous Pizza Hut
Opened its first doors in Wichita.

“Wheat capital of the World”
Is located in Sumner County
Over 33 billion loaves of bread
Have been produced for mans daily bounty.

Alley, Earhart, Dole and Carver
Cessna, Chrysler, Lear and Brooks
Ballard, Curtis and Eisenhower
These names are in our History books.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Statehood, January 29, 1861 the 34th state
Capital is Topeka

AUTHOR NOTES:
Rock Island Bridge is the longest railroad bridge of its kind at 1200 ft long.
The three largest herds of buffalo (correctly called bison) in Kansas are located on public lands at the Maxwell Game Preserve (McPherson), Big Basin (Ashland), and Buffalo Game Preserve (Garden City).

The Arkansas River may be the only river whose pronunciation changes as it crosses state lines. In Kansas, it is called the Arkansas (ahr-KAN-zuhs). On both sides of Kansas (Colorado and Oklahoma), it is called the Arkansaw.
The rocks at Rock City are huge sandstone concretions. In an area about the size of two football fields, 200 rocks, some as
large as houses, dot the landscape. There is no other place in the world where there are so many concretions of such giant size.
George Washington Carver, the famous botanical scientist who discovered more than 300 products made from the peanut,
graduated from high school in Minneapolis in 1885.

Text Box: AUTHOR NOTES:
Rock Island Bridge is the longest railroad bridge of its kind at 1200 ft long. 
The three largest herds of buffalo (correctly called bison) in Kansas are located on public lands at the Maxwell Game Preserve (McPherson), Big Basin (Ashland), and Buffalo Game Preserve (Garden City). 
The Arkansas River may be the only river whose pronunciation changes as it crosses state lines. In Kansas, it is called the Arkansas (ahr-KAN-zuhs). On both sides of Kansas (Colorado and Oklahoma), it is called the Arkansaw. 
The rocks at Rock City are huge sandstone concretions. In an area about the size of two football fields, 200 rocks, some as
large as houses, dot the landscape. There is no other place in the world where there are so many concretions of such giant size. 
George Washington Carver, the famous botanical scientist who discovered more than 300 products made from the peanut,
graduated from high school in Minneapolis in 1885.

IOWA

IOWA

Iowa - Wikipedia

A tribute to Chief Black Hawk
The nickname is the “Hawkeye State”
The Indians had named the river “Iowa”
And the state’s name was easy to relate.

The motto is; “Our liberties we prize:
And our rights we will maintain.”
The people here are called Iowans
Free to live and pray, forever will remain.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not, the most crooked
Street in the world is Snake Alley.
The state’s smallest park is in the middle
Of the road in Hiteman, so don’t dally!

Cornell College, in the National Register
Of Historic Places, the only one listed this way!
Fenlon Place Elevator in Dubuque
Is the world’s shortest and steepest railway.

John Wayne was born in Winterset as
Marion Robert Morrison.
Actress Donna Reed is Donnabelle
Mullenger, and was born in Denison.

The oldest land grant college in America
Is Iowa State University.
And the National Balloon Museum in Indianola
Chronicles 200 years of history.

The Kate Shelley Bridge in Boone
Is the world’s highest doubled track bridge.
Fort Atkinson~~ was built to protect the
Indians as they were in abridged.

West of the Mississippi in Kalona

Are the largest Amish groups to date.

And Elk Horn is the largest

Danish Settlement in the United States.

The state’s bird is the goldfinch

No official insect to compose.

The official tree is the mighty oak

And the flower of choice is the wild rose.

The end is here it’s time for names

Carson, Cody and John Wayne, Leachman.

Landers and Amelia Bloomer

Williams, Wallace and Herbert Hoover.

Statehood, December 28, 1846 the 29th state

Capital is Des Moines

Text Box: AUTHOR NOTES:
The Saint Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville is the only basilica in the United States situated outside a major metropolitan area. 
Clarion is the only county seat in the exact center of the county. 
Dubuque is home to the only county courthouse with a gold dome. 
Cornell College is the only school in the nation to have its entire campus listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 
The Sergeant Floyd Monument in Sioux City honors the only man to die during the Lewis and Clark expedition.
Posted by: Ron DuBour | June 26, 2021

Knowing America through Poetry~by rldubour, in alpha order


INDIANA

The residents are called, “Hoosiers.”
Hoosier means “anything large”
The nickname is the “Hoosier State”
In untamed land they soon took charge

An Indian word is this state’s name
and it means “Land of the Indians’.
Motto is, “Crossroads to America”
For the westward bound Americans.

On May 4, 1871 in Fort Wayne, the first
professional baseball game was played.
In Historic Park County and still standing are,
32 Covered Bridges since they first have been made.

In Crawfordsville, the first of 18 Rotary jails and
is the only one still operating from them all.
And in 1914 Marcella Gruelle of Indianapolis
created the very first Raggedy Ann Doll.

At one time there was 12 different stage coach
Lines that had a scheduled run.
And in 1862, Richard Gaitling of Indianapolis
invented what was named the Gaitling gun.

From 1900 to 1920, over 200 makes of cars
That were designed and made within this state.
Like Duesenbergs and Auburns, Stutzes
and Maxwells, a few I will relate.

The man made East Race Waterways

The only man made in the nation.

And in Fort Wayne, Syvanus F Bower

Designed the first gasoline pump station.

The state bird is the Cardinal

As pretty as can be.

The peony is the flower

And the state tree is the Tulip tree.

Santa Claus, Indiana receives over

One and a half million letters a year.

For every letter written

Every word enclosed is most sincere.

Names again like Redenbacher and Col. Sanders

Dillinger and Hoffa, Jackson and McQueen.

Everett, Fraser, Jones and Letterman

Quayle, McCoy and Williamson to end we have James Dean.

Statehood, December 11, 1816 the 19th state

Capital is Indianapolis

AUTHOR NOTES:

National Register of Historical Places, Old Jail 225 N. Washington St. Crawfordsville, In At one time 12 different stage coach lines on the National Road through Indiana. May 4, 1871 in Fort Wayne, the first Professional Baseball game was played Fort Wayne Kekiongas played Cleveland Forest Cities there were 200 people in attendance. Fort Wayne won 2 to 0

Text Box: AUTHOR NOTES:
National Register of Historical Places, Old Jail 225 N. Washington St. Crawfordsville, In At one time 12 different stage coach lines on the National Road through Indiana. May 4, 1871 in Fort Wayne, the first Professional Baseball game was played Fort Wayne Kekiongas played Cleveland Forest Cities there were 200 people in attendance. Fort Wayne won 2 to 0
Posted by: Ron DuBour | June 25, 2021

G UI DANCE~by rldubour


The G in guidance is for God
U and I~~ this is chance. 
It was the look and then the nod
All that’s left is the “DANCE”

The G in guidance is for grace
U and I it was that glance. 
As we whisper with tight embrace 
Holding on~~ to our “DANCE.” 

The G in guidance is for gives
U and I in a trance.
What happens next we must forgive
Lost in lust as we “DANCE.”

The G in guidance is for granting
U and I it is romance. 
As our lips meet so enchanting 
Sweet caresses as we “DANCE.” 

The G in guidance is for God
U and I there is no chance. 
We will always have our moment 
And memories of the “DANCE.”

Posted by: Ron DuBour | June 23, 2021

Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter~by rldubour


S leepiness awakens too
P leased to see the old and new. 
R espect, rebirth, rejoice
I know I have the choice.
N ature gave me all of this 
G arnished with an Angel’s kiss. 

S oon the new will be grown
U nderstanding what is known.
M odestly with beauty shown 
M oving gently on private thrones.
E nlightened by all these sights
R ecord the image for future nights. 

F orever nature stays on track
A lways forward never back.
L isting her colors with crisp air 
L ending her beauty for man to share. 

W hile I spend my time on earth 
I value all these gifts of worth.
N ow the seasons near their end
T o complete the cycle once again. 
E mbossed in her blanket white 
R esounding sleep makes it right. 

Posted by: Ron DuBour | June 19, 2021

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Knowing America through Poetry

ILLINOIS

Illinois - Wikipedia

The motto is, “State sovereignty, national union.”
And the people here are called, “Illinoisans.”
This state’s name came from this word “ILLINI”
From tribes of the Native Americans.

The Sears Tower is the tallest building
On the continent and that is not a mystery.
At 8′ 11.1″ tall and shoe size at 37!
Robert Wadlow is the tallest man in history!

The square dance is the state’s dance
Twirl your gal and don’t you miss!
And Metropolis is a real city, so does
Supermen really exist?

With over 345 billion cookies sold
This is just one line, Nabisco’s Oreo!
And in Spring Grove to store their grain
They constructed the First round silo.

Chicago has the world’s largest public
Library, with over 2 million books.
Kaskaskia and then Vandalia were the
Capitals before Springfield had a look.

In Mt. Pulaski it’s illegal for boys
To hurl snowballs at trees.
And for all the girls, don’t worry
Every young lady has been reprieved.

The state’s flower is the violet
The white oak is the tree
The animal is the white-tail deer
The cardinal is the official bird I see.

The state’s slogan is “Land of Lincoln”
And Illinois means “Tribe of superior men.”
Chicago it the third largest city in the nation
The only drive through Post Office, at 433 Van Buren!

Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site

Is the most sophisticated.
A prehistoric native civilization
Preserved and not duplicated.

Lincoln, Hemingway, Adams and Brooks

Clinton, Reagan and John Deere

Williams, Ford, Ferris and Field

No more names will be shown here.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Statehood, December 3, 1818 the 21st state

Capital is Springfield

Illinois - Wikipedia

Text Box: AUTHOR NOTES:
Robert Wadlow was born in Alton, IL
The Sears Tower, Chicago, tallest in the North American continent, the fourth tallest in the world. 
Hillary Rodham Clinton, born Chicago 1947 
The Nabisco Co is the largest producer of cookies and crackers in the world there has been 345 billion Oreo cookies sold to date! Would fill up the world’s largest freight train, consisting of 660 freight cars, more than 45 times!

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