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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Blessings to All

I wish the most blessed Christmas to everyone. My Man wrote this poem a few years back and would like to share it with you.

Makin’ Your Way
By John Simmons

The cold wind had a sharp bite
Snow was startin’ to fall
He had stayed too long in Montana
Longer than he should have stayed at all

He had drifted up here from Texas
Back when the calves were born in the spring
It was the talk of good payin’ wages
After a couple of pretty lean years

A lifetime a-doin’ cowboy work
Had helped to earn him top dollar
The thought brought on a smile
And warmed the cold air around his collar

Off down in a valley
His eye caught a light
Someplace dry and warm; even the old barn
Would suit this wintry night

As his foot hit the front porch step
The old dog alayin’ there begin to stir
The aging house door creaked slightly open
And what do ya want stranger
Was the first thing that was heard

Just a place to bed down for the night
I don’t mean no harm
Just a place for me and my pony
I’ll be gone for early dawn

Come on in stranger
I hope I didn’t come off too strong
The wife is a fixin’ some supper
It’ll soon be ready; won’t be long

He reached into his saddlebag
Some jerky and dry beans was all he had
There had to be some kind of offering
And this wouldn’t be bad

The young man told a story
Ranchin’ was the life he chose
Tryin’ to make a livin’ of hay and horses
And how the goin’ had really been slow

As they bowed their heads the young rancher prayed
And the stranger knew where he stood
And he tried to remember
When bread, beans and jerky tasted so good

He was offered to bed down by the fire
And his mind came to a slow pace
He dreamed of the nearing Christmas, his mother
And his ranch back at the home place

Leaving ‘fore dawn as he promised
He traced the mornin’ sun on the land
I’ve made my home and my life
Ridin’ the trail in Gods hands



Mrs Mom said...

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! Been great getting to know you guys this year!! Looking forward to an awesome 2010 with you!

wilsonc said...

Merry Christmas Karen to both you and your man. I've enjoyed reading your blog this past year. You seem like an awesome couple. Thank you for touching my life. Poetry is a wonderful way to express what is in our hearts. I don't know many who write it, or if they write it they don't share it. Thank you to you both for sharing yourselves with all of us.

The Wife said...

Merry Christmas to you and yours! Wishing a blessed day!

Anonymous said...

May you and yours have a wonderful Christmas!

Faithful said...

Congrats on the R. Champion, Karen. (the buckle is coming) Welcome to a start in cattle ranchin'! You have been busy! Didn't know the hubby was a poet..but I guesss every cowboy has a lyric or two in him! You have a Merry Christmas, too. (hugs)

jane augenstein said...

Merry Christmas to you and your man!
Oh, what a beautiful poem, brought a tear to my eye!
Hugs to all the dogs too! :-)

Celeste said...

Merry Christmas to you both and to your animal family too :) Have a great Christmas.

Janice said...

Great poem......and who says men have no sentiment. Merry Christmas to you and your man and all your critters too. I look forward to continuing on your trail in 2010.

Andrea said...

Merry Christmas!! I hope you have a wonderful day! And i hope you stay warm!! Loved the poem!

BrownEyed Cowgirls said...

Merry Christmas to you and your man. That is a beautiful poem.

Anonymous said...

You two have a blessed Christmas!! I love his poem!!

Paint Girl said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family!!

Ed said...

And a Merry Christmas from me too..:-))

lisa said...

Merry Christmas!

thecrazysheeplady said...

Beautiful poem. Merry Christmas!

lopinon4 said...

Merry Christmas, Karen and fam! I have thoroughly enjoyed your blog and thank you for sharing your world with us.

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