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Re: Update: New Story - Miscl Poems & Stories
Posted: Aug 31, 2013 at 11:12 AM
Really enjoyed reading some of these stories,,,a couple of the older ones caught my eye, and saved/copied to share ~ the one on Roy Rogers reminded me of my childhood; and the one on the Seven Stages of Aging on a Horse,,,well,that one rang true! LOL...

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Re: Update: New Story - Miscl Poems & Stories
Posted: Dec 25, 2013 at 8:32 PM
Been awhile since I posted a poem here. Here's my Christmas 2013 poem:

“Good and Ready”

The old rancher stood on his front porch and looked out across the pasture to the mountains beyond his land.
He wondered how much time he had left ‘fore the Lord would call him home and what that’d be like for a simple, cowboyin’ man.
He thought to himself,” I wonder if there’s fences to build or cows to tend to or any green grass at all…
‘cause that’s all I know’d since I was a button and no more than a couple a feet tall.
“And it would seem such a shame to never have rain or to watch the clouds roll in from the southwest.
But, I guess that ain’t for me to say and I know I can’t stay, so I’ll just trust the Lord with the rest.
Now, he read the book of Revelations and much to his elation, he read where the Lord was comin’ back for us on a horse.
So, he rubbed his scratchy chin and started to grin and thought out loud, “Well that makes a lotta sense, of course.
‘Cause there’s no nobler beast God put on this earth than that four legged runnin’ machine. That blows smoke from its nostrils on a cool, misty morning and drinks from the clear mountain springs.”
“I wonder if He’ll let me saddle ‘em up or maybe round pen ‘em for a spell ‘fore he rides. Or maybe…just maybe…He’s got another saddle pony I could "borrie" and take a spot right there by His side!”
“Now, that’d shore be heaven to me” he thought. “Ridin’ across the blue sky. And all I gotta do to have all that fun is finish up my work here…then die”.
Well, he wasn’t too fond of that last part. ‘Cause after all, his life hadn’t been that bad. Livin’ in God’s creation and all the adventures he’d had.
And Christmas was just around the corner and he knew the kids would be comin’ to stay. So he sent up a little prayer to heaven and summed it all up in this way.
“Lord, I’m ready when you are, but I’m fine down here where I am. Each day is gettin’ a little tougher, but I’m doin’ the best that I can".
“Now I know you’re birthday’s a comin’ up and what a celebration there’s gonna be. There’ll be kids a laughin’ and playin’ and food and lotsa presents under the tree".
"But with all that good livin’, Lord, let us give you the thanks for all that you have given. Especially for takin’ the cross for our sins, so all of us can be forgiven".
"So leave me here as long as you will, Lord and I’ll keep takin’ it slow and steady".
"I just want a chance to ride heaven’s trails with Ya, but only when You’re good and ready”.
R. Atkinson

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Re: Update: New Story - Miscl Poems & Stories
Posted: Dec 27, 2013 at 7:37 AM
Love that. May I save it to share next year?
Thinkin' would be a good lesson for my T3C3
church group.

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Re: Update: New Story - Miscl Poems & Stories
Posted: Dec 28, 2013 at 10:40 AM
I'm glad you enjoyed it, Stargazer. You certainly may use it. I recited it last Sunday at the Cowboy church I attend.


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Re: Update: New Story - Miscl Poems & Stories
Posted: Dec 28, 2013 at 3:10 PM
Dear Texaslawman,

I love your 2013 Christmas poem. Since you don't mind me sharing it, I certainly will.


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Re: Update: New Story - Miscl Poems & Stories
Posted: Mar 28, 2014 at 10:02 PM
new song.
There was fresh snow this morning, there are tracks down the lane
She held me close to say good bye, now she’s driving away
She told me one evening, she hopes she won’t break my heart
If I thought she could stay gone, this would be a good start

We shared laughter and dancing in my living room,
We shared sweet, sweet romancing and talking till two
The fire place glowed like the flame in our hearts
There’s not a thing in this world that will keep us apart

I’ll be seeing you soon love though you’re driving away
Well be dancing together, it will be a sweet day
You can go anywhere and you won’t break my heart
There’s a life that we could have, It’s one that we should have
Hold onto our dream and it will seem we’re not really apart

Repeat verse two

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Texas attitude
Posted: Jul 1, 2014 at 12:40 PM
(Another Texas Veteran sent me this, I enjoyed it.)

One day, a very gentle Texas lady was driving across a high bridge in Austin. As she neared the top of the bridge, she noticed a young man fixin’ to jump. ("fixin to" in Texas means getting ready to)

She stopped her car, rolled down the window and said, "Please don't jump! Think of your dear mother and father."

He replied, "My mom and dad are both dead; I'm going to jump."

She said, "Well, think of your sweet wife and precious children."

He replied, "I'm not married, and I don't have any kids."

She said, "Well, then you just remember the Alamo."

He replied, ''What's the Alamo?''

She replied, ‘’Well, bless your heart! - You just go ahead and jump.... you little Yankee Democrat Basterd.... You’re holding up traffic”

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Re: Update: New Story - Miscl Poems & Stories
Posted: Dec 23, 2014 at 7:43 PM
My Christmas poem for 2014...

Christmas Soldier

The young man came out onto the front porch with a cup of coffee in his hand
And he watched the sun come up over the mountain and lay a blanket of gold across the land.
He stood there for a while. Then he stretched and yawned just a bit.
Then he walked out to the hay barn and found him a good place to sit.
He took off the hat he was wearin’ and sat it on a bale of hay.
Then with his head bowed and his eyes closed, the young man began to pray.
He said, “Lord, I just want to thank you for this wonderful life I have.
Whether it’s fixin’ the fenceline or plowin’ a field or bottle feedin’ a calf.
I get to go to work in the greatest office of them all.
That bein’ Your great outdoors, Lord…with your creatures great and small.
I know our country’s got its share of problems, Lord, and some folks don’t understand the cost to be free.
But, if it becomes necessary, Lord…I love it here…you know you can count on me.
‘Cause when I have a family, Lord, I want them to have what I’ve had.
Bein’ able to worship You as we wish and livin’ free like I’ve been taught by my Mom and Dad.
So, I’m ready, Lord...if you call on me…you know I’ll do my part.
To protect our way of life out here and keep You in our hearts.
But, for now, I’ll just say thank You, Lord and ask You to forgive me when I sin.
Bless this beautiful day, Father. I love You and Amen.”
Now, about that time, he heard a blast and opened up his eyes.
He seen the smoke and heard the sound of bullets whizzing by.
Seems he had fallen asleep and he’d been dreamin’…he wasn’t on his land.
But, behind a pile of rock and rubble in a place called Afghanistan.
He started to remember, between rounds exchanged, that he had gotten the call
To protect those freedoms he loved so much and wanted for us all.
So while we enjoy our Christmas this year, with presents under the tree
Take the time to pray for those who sacrifice so much to keep us free.

R. Atkinson, 2014

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Re: Update: New Story - Miscl Poems & Stories
Posted: Jan 11, 2015 at 11:22 AM
Thoughts for the new year

Some thoughts as we gain another year on our lives!

Wouldn't it be great if we could put ourselves in the dryer for ten minutes, come out wrinkle-free and three sizes smaller?

Last year I joined a support group for procrastinators. We haven't met yet...

I don't trip over things, I do random gravity checks!

I don't need anger management. I need people to stop pissing me off!

Old age is coming at a really bad time!

When I was a child I thought Nap Time was a punishment... now, as a grown up, it just feels like a small vacation!

The biggest lie I tell myself is... "I don't need to write that down, I'll remember it."

Lord grant me the strength to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can & the friends to post my bail when I finally snap!

I don't have gray hair. I have "wisdom highlights". I'm just very wise.

My people skills are just fine. It's my tolerance to idiots that needs work.

Teach your daughter how to shoot, because a restraining order is just a piece of paper.

If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would've put them on my knees.

The kids text me "plz" which is shorter than please. I text back "no" which is shorter than "yes".

I'm going to retire and live off of my savings. Not sure what I'll do that second week.

When did it change from "We the people" to "screw the people"?

Even duct tape can't fix stupid... but it can muffle the sound!

Why do I have to press one for English when you're just gonna transfer me to someone I can't understand anyway?

Of course I talk to myself, sometimes I need expert advice.

At my age "Getting lucky" means walking into a room and remembering what I came in there for.

Chocolate comes from cocoa which is a tree... that makes it a plant which means... chocolate is Salad!!!

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