Out Where the West Begins

 Where the West Begins

Out where the handclasp’s a little stronger,
Out where the smile dwells a little longer,
That’s where the West begins;
Out where the sun is a little brighter,
Where the snows that fall are a trifle whiter,
Where the bonds of home are a wee bit tighter,
That’s where the West begins.


Out where the skies are a trifle bluer,
Out where friendship’s a little truer,
That’s where the West begins;
Out where a fresher breeze is blowing,
Where there’s laughter in every streamlet flowing,
Where there’s more of reaping and less of sowing,
That’s where the West begins;

Out where the world is in the making,
Where fewer hearts in despair are aching,
That’s where the West begins;
Where there’s more of singing and less of sighing,
Where there’s more of giving and less of buying,
And a man makes friends without half trying —
That’s where the West begins.

Arther Chapman 1916-17

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9 thoughts on “Out Where the West Begins”

  1. Mary, I’m reading your story in the “A Bride For All Seasons” book right now! Loving it! The whole book is fantastic. I don’t want it to end. But as in all good books, it has to! I am looking forward to reading your next book…when does that one come out?

  2. Isn’t this a beautiful poem? I just loved it. I wish I’d written it!
    Valri, thanks so much for the kind words about A Bride for All Seasons. I’m so glad you’re enjoying it!

  3. As I took in the beauty of the Grand Tetons with their magestic beauty on a recent vacation, I couldn’t help but think back to days of the old West and the rough and rugged ways of the men and women who traveled this terrain.

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