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S: The Poems of a Country Boy

FC: The Poems of a Country Boy By Garrett Walters

1: "The Pasture" I'm going out to clean the pasture spring; I'll only stop to rake the leaves away (And wait to watch the water clear, I may ): I sha'n't be gone long.-You come too. I'm going out to fetch the little calf That's standing by the mother. It's so young, It totters when she licks it with her tongue. I sha'n't be gone long.-You come too. By Robert Frost | | My Paragraph When I think of this poem it reminds me of the pastures we have out at our house. Sometimes I'll go out an just look out across them an listen to whats around to relax. It's something I never get tired of doing.

2: " I KNOW YOU'LL MISS THIS MAN" The Lord spoke to the heavy hearts that stood with hats in hand "Your sadness pains me deeply and I know you'll miss this man But, it's true what you've been hearing, Heaven is a real place. That's no small consolation. You should use that fact to face The emptiness his parting left that seeps into your bones And draw on it to ease your pain. For he is not alone. You see, all | his loved ones, too, 'Cause it wouldn't be a heaven without each one of you. And heaven for a cowboy is just what you might expect, It's horses that need tunin' up and heifers that need checked. It's long rides with a purpose and a code that lights the way And a satisfying reason to get up every day. It's the ranch he's always dreamed of and never knew he'd find And if you think about it, you can see it in your mind. Him, leanin' in the saddle with his ol' hat on his head, Contentment set upon his face like blankets on a bed. The leather creaks a little as he shifts there in the seat. The bit chains give a jingle when his pony switches feet. |

3: And you somehow get the feelin' that he's sittin' on a throne A'gazin' out on paradise just like it was his own. I can promise you he's happy, though I know you can't pretend You're glad he made the journey. It's too hard to comprehend. The earthly way you look at things can never satisfy Your lack of understanding for the answer to the 'Why?' So, I offer this small comfort to put your grief to rest, I only take the top hands 'cause my crew's the very best. And I know it might seem selfish to friends and next of kin But I needed one more cowboy and Billy fit right in." By Baxter Black | My Paragraph I read this poem in a book and I really liked how it related to me. It shows the outlook on life from a cowboy's prospective. Which always helps me understand it more.

4: ''Cowboy Grace'' Dear Lord, Yer lookin' at a man who never learned to cook unless you count pork & beans And a flowery grace like you'd read in a book is really beyond my means But you can believe I'm a thankful man though it might be undeserved And I'll eat whatever comes out of the pan no matter what's bein' served I don't take it lightly if its real good, cause I'd eat it anyway. | See, I know there's people, in all likelihood that might not eat today So count me in if yer needin' grace said and bless those who provide it The farmers and ranchers, the bakers of bread, The loving hands that fried it But most of all, Lord, we give thanks to You 'cause we who work on the land Know how much our harvest and bounty is due to the gainful touch of Yer hand So bless this food and the life we embrace and please forgive us our pride When others with tables a-plenty say grace for what we've helped You provide. By Baxter Black

5: My Paragraph God's grace is something that is very important to me an this cowboy poem displays it perfectly. Some people may take what they have for granted but I try an make sure that I always give thanks to Him.

6: ''JUST ONE NAME'' Take Shivers, Peach, an' Tickle; None tougher ever lived. Just shows you names are fickle, 'Bout sayin' who a feller is. That is except for just one name; The righteous name of Jesus. Don't take that name, my ma exclaimed An' misuse it in a sinful way, ore the consequences could be grievous. by Dennis Abeene | | My Paragraph "Just One Name" stuck out to me for showing that there is one God. I believe in this very strongly. So I thought that it fit perfectly.

7: "My American Flag" When I watch you going through hard times, fighting with all you have to save our freedom or when I watch you in the sunlight with all the green in your pastures and the lifestyle of a country boy I say when I watch you growing in stature all mighty and tough, Like a man with his wife I stand up for my country and family I stand up By Garrett Walters | My Paragraph I'm thinking about joining the marines after high school. So when I wrote this poem it came easy to me an I had pride behind it. I would not rather serve for any other flag but, America's & God's.

8: "Random Stuff" I remember the first truck, It died right off the lot. I was in a hospital, in a town called Stillwater. I've smelled the stench of a deer while cutting it up. I'm scared of being in the big city at night... I heard noises. Christmas morning when someone special opens your present, You can't beat it. Going duck hunting with your family at Thanksgiving is sooo much fun. | I've held a deer's heart in my hands after gutting it. I've ridden bikes while trying to dodge cars. Once when burning stuff I felt glass cut my arm. Lill' scary I'm a hazardous kid... Ha Ha It's fun though. When I first got my drivers license, my dad lets me drive in Dallas, WoW.

9: My Paragraph I just think that this poem is funny because of the randomness. It reminds me of all the fun things I've done. Even some of the dumb things.

10: About the Author I' am a nearly seventeen year old boy. I attend Stillwater High School and I will be a junior next year. Where I live we don't have many neighbors and that's the way I like it. I love going hunting and fish, especially riding horses. I have job working for one of my friends Bill Childress, we pave parking lots, drive ways, and other small jobs. I' am a hard worker and love helping and fixing things. Sometimes I can be slow at finishing my work but I always seem to get it done.

11: Works Cited Frost, Robert. "Pasture." The Road Not Taken. U.S.A: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, Inc. Black, Baxter. "I Know You'll Miss This Man." A Cowful of Cowboy Poems.Benson, Arizona: Coyote Cowboy Company, 2000. 18. Print. Black, Baxter. "Cowboy Grace." A Cowful of Cowboy Poems. Benson, Arizona: Coyote Cowboy Company, 2000. 18. Print. Abeene, Dennis. "Just One Name." The Master's Ranch. West Design, 2005. Web. 17 April 2011. Walters, Garrett. "My American Flag." Walters, Garrett. "Random Stuff."

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