“Go West young man, Go West!”
Or so they say I said.
First intoned by John Babsone Lane Soule
in 1851. It’s funny that my quote
mirrored John’s in a sense,
but lets dispense with the mystery.
History will show that I had
paraphrased what Soule had said.
I reiterated in this way in 1865:
“Go West, young man,
and grow up with the country.”
I’m giving Soule credit for that verse
because he said it first!

(C) Walter J. Wojtanik

Poetic Asides Prompt # 396: Historical Persona


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