THEY PAVED THE WAY
BY ANNE SMART
It seems like only yesterday
They came with hopes and dreams
They came to pave a better way
For the rest of us, it seems.
They were a proud and noble race
Those pioneers who came
For them there were no frills and lace
And they did not ask for fame.
They came and carved a nation
From this land of wilderness
They toiled from morn ‘til set of sun
And for their efforts gained success.
They broke the land, they tilled the soil
Their complaints were seldom voiced
Till they grew weary from the toil
Then in heaven they rejoiced.
One by one they’ve left this land
For their well-earned final pay
They left their footprints in the sand
Those pioneers of yesterday.
How many times I wonder
What life would be today
If it wasn’t for those pioneers
Who came and paved the way.