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Topic: Endurance (03/22/04)

TITLE: Enduring Life
By David Dawson
03/23/04

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He had done it many times before,
Goin' now on forty years,
Gettin' up and roping out 'fore dawn,
After bedding down with bawlin' steers.

It wasn't quite so easy now,
All that sleepin' on the ground,
Most o' the other boys he started with,
Were passed on, or retired to town.

He had thought about doing the same some days,
The thoughts were strong when it rained and snowed,
But pushin' cows and ridin' herd,
Was the only work he every knowed.

He came to understand quite young,
That God designs each man in different ways,
And that he was meant to stay where he was,
Enduring life where the cattle grazed.

It wasn't near as hard to take,
Once he understood where he belonged,
'cause living out God's plan in life,
makes ya content as ya ride along.

So as he threw a loop around his mount,
To saddle up and get the cows on their way,
He was content to endure this life he had,
Makin' the most of every day.


Member Comments
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Dori Knight03/30/04
i like the style you used: the cowboy's own vernacular, ie: "the only life he ever knowed." very clever! not a poetry fan, by and large, but really liked this piece. thanks!
Linda Germain 03/30/04
Me too, David. Something about this just rang true. Good character insight.
Dave Wagner03/31/04
Nice style. Simple beauty in this piece. A nice read.
Corinne Smelker 03/31/04
I enjoyed this style of prose, well done. It's always good to find one's purpose in life, and you expressed this man's peace and endurance very well
Kimberly Scarberry03/31/04
Enjoyed this one, thanks for sharing
David Dawson03/31/04
Dori,
I'm not much of a poetry fan either, by and large, but I do like reading cowboy poetry. (The kid in me still wants to be a cowboy) So I thought I would give it a try. Thanks.
Donna Anderson04/01/04
This made me smile. :)
Nita Frazier04/03/04
I am the daughter and grand-daughter of cowboys. It is the "only life they ever knowed."
Makes me want to hug my Daddy, horse smell and all.
Kenny Paul Clarkson04/04/04
Excellent way with words.