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John Yaws
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since 10-09-1999
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0 posted 05-27-2000 10:53 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

Sittin’ in a motel, outside of Abilene,
Entered in tomorrow’s rodeo.
Three days here, then Brownwood, and then to Sulphur Springs…
It seems like I am always on the go.

Thirty-two last August, and feelin’ sixty-five.
Fourteen years I’ve been out on the road.
All I do is draw three head, and drive, and drive, and drive.
And six times out of ten, now, I get throwed.

It seems I’m held together by yards and yards of tape.
It hurts to breathe, and even worse to walk.
I guess I’ve broken everything, a body has to break…
And Mister, you can bet that ain’t just talk.

They say I’m getting’ too old, to ride them Brahma bulls.
I guess that’s what you tried to tell me, too.
I don’t mind the pain so much, from gettin’ throwed and stomped-
But, baby, I still hurt from losing you.

You said that I should grow up, stop going down the road-
I told you how it was the day we met.
You told me that was alright, you’d love to tag along…
It didn’t take you long, dear, to forget.

I don’t really blame you, for telling me goodbye…
This ain’t no life for them that want a home.
This is the life that suits me, and I can’t tell you why-
I guess I’m just the kind that has to roam.

I don’t know why I bother, writin’ you these notes…
Like all the others, this one won’t be mailed.
I haven’t sent a letter, since you said, “That’s all she wrote”.
I just write to try and find out where I failed.

© Copyright 2000 John R. Yaws - All Rights Reserved
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since 04-19-2000
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1 posted 05-28-2000 01:11 AM       View Profile for SpitFire   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for SpitFire

~Hey there,...I bet it can hurt more to lose someone you love than to be stomped upon by a wild bull???...that what you do?  I'm sorry that you're hurting.  Writing helps for me as well.  Keep it up.  Some people are just totally free spirits that have to be free to roam,...take flight.  *Peace.
Elizabeth Santos
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since 11-08-1999
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2 posted 05-28-2000 01:15 AM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Very well written piece here, like a mini novel. You could write a terrific movie script, my friend, with the colorful stories you tell in your poetry.
Always a pleasure to read
Kit McCallum
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since 04-30-2000
Posts 16920
Ontario, Canada

3 posted 05-28-2000 10:18 AM       View Profile for Kit McCallum   Email Kit McCallum   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kit McCallum

You tell your tales well Gunslinger ... I'm hurtin' just readin' ... wonderful writing, keep it up!

Best wishes,

[This message has been edited by Kit McCallum (edited 05-28-2000).]
Irish Rose
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since 04-06-2000
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4 posted 05-28-2000 10:23 AM       View Profile for Irish Rose   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Irish Rose

mail 'em!!!!!


Member Seraphic
since 08-22-99
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5 posted 05-29-2000 12:19 AM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Ah, that's so sad that they never got mailed. Never know what one of them may have done...Wonderful tale, as always!

Member Empyrean
since 06-05-99
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Ft. Lauderdale, Fl USA

6 posted 05-29-2000 12:24 AM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Writin's the easy part. Sendin'....well, that's something else. Nicely done, 'slinger.
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