” The House of Imogene” Pass-
My dear daughter was cleaning off the bookshelves in our office when she found this poem written by Daryl W. Ball. Who is Daryl W. Ball? I am not sure myself. It is a original hand typed sheet of paper so I imagine one of my customers, I would assume that it was Daryl, must have given this to me back when a typewriter was still in use. I would also assume he rode over Imogene Pass with me, or maybe drove himself, but anyways gave me a original of this poem, which follows as it is written before me-
“The House of Imogene”
Spend all the time you can,
There is no better view ,
You are on “The House of Imogene”,
But you are only halfway through’!
As you descend, you take your chances,
The day I went, the clouds surrounded,
I felt my way, and what a day,
Alas “Camp Bird”, another mining town!
Clouds gave way to gully washers,
The kind you seldom see,
“Camp Bird” gives you many choices,
of where one oughta be!
Suddenly I stopped to see,a long shelf road ahead of me,
this place resembled Niagra Falls,
My heart fell quickly to my knees,
I couldn’t stay, and I couldn’t go!
“The House of Imogene” was testing me,
A test I nearly failed,
I remembered where I had been,
And where I needed to be!
I slowly let up on my brakes,
And started across Niagra Falls,
Just one more shelf, the only way,
And many gone before me!
That test was finally over,
I made it in one piece,
I was boldly reminded,
You are in “The House of Imogene”!
More beauty on either side,
As I descended her stairway,
Abundant challenge on this trail,
The choices made, depend on only me!
Suddenly, after wondering,
Just where the challenge ends?
I was given one last choice,
Through the stream, or across a bridge!
Having tested every part of me,
This “House of Imogene”,
And rendering all her beauty,
Forget the bridge, I took the stream!
If you ever happen upon a lady,
By the name of “Imogene”,
Remember, beauty is only skin deep,
In “The House of Imogene”!
Darryl W. Ball
P.S. I am glad he took the Creek Bed over the Bridge, how better to top off your trip over Imogene Pass!!! ~Clay~
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