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I've Done My Share of Living

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John Yaws
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0 posted 03-04-2000 11:40 PM       View Profile for John Yaws   Email John Yaws   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit John Yaws's Home Page   View IP for John Yaws

I wondered what the future held...
When I was seventeen.
Beyond the bounds of my home town,
The grass looked, Oh, so green.
I thought, "I'll be a soldier-
And I'll fight my country's war".
I'll win a thousand medals...
But fate had a laugh in store.
I had my share of fighting-
And I bear my share of scars...
But they don't hand out medals..
For the fights you have in bars.
I've slept beneath the open sky-
At times I've nearly froze...
How many hidden tears I've shed-
The good Lord only knows.
I've punched a lot of cattle-
I've rode a few rank broncs...
I've fought a lot of battles..
In some third rate honky tonks.
I've seen a lot of living..
And as long as I have breath...
I'll seek that last adventure-
I'm speaking of my death.
But if I die tomorrow...
Or if I die tonight....
Don't waste on me your sorrow
Or epitaphs so trite.
Just wrap me in a blanket
And lay me 'neath the sod-
Say, "He's had his share of living-
Now he rests in peace with God".



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CMGrimm
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1 posted 03-05-2000 02:09 AM       View Profile for CMGrimm   Email CMGrimm   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for CMGrimm

great piece gunslinger...very well written.
Little bit of story wrapped up in that one I think...I liked it very much.

Chris

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Elizabeth Santos
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2 posted 03-05-2000 02:33 AM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

And the more living you do, the more you have to tell, and this is very well told.
Your rhyme and meter are perfection
Liz
Marge Tindal
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3 posted 03-05-2000 03:05 AM       View Profile for Marge Tindal   Email Marge Tindal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marge Tindal's Home Page   View IP for Marge Tindal

This is totally Slinger-ism
at it's best.
Nobody does it better, Cowboy !
~*Marge*~


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JamesMichael
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4 posted 03-05-2000 07:25 AM       View Profile for JamesMichael   Email JamesMichael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for JamesMichael

Very nice writing...an interesting account of the highlights of your life.    James
INclan
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5 posted 03-05-2000 07:31 AM       View Profile for INclan   Email INclan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for INclan

Man, I like your style....

INclan
Poet deVine
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6 posted 03-05-2000 09:33 AM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

Ah! One of your best, sir.  
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7 posted 03-05-2000 09:37 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

Your poems are always a delightful read! *S*
Denise
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I agree! Perfection!  

Denise
Danny Holloway
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9 posted 03-06-2000 06:35 PM       View Profile for Danny Holloway   Email Danny Holloway   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Danny Holloway

What about those boots Gunslinger.  Are they on or off when "laid 'neath the sod"?
Speaking of Cowboys, have you written anything about the King of the Cowboys???
(Roy and faithful horse Trigger).
I visited his museum in Victorville years ago and really enjoyed the trip back into the cowboy days of yesteryear.  
 
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