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Pleased To Meet Ya

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Pleased To Meet Ya

I wonder who I am sometimes
What exactly defines me?
The places I've been...
The things that I've done...
Or the people that surround me?

I'm a proud father of two
And a loving husband of ten years
A country man from the south
Born and raised by the belt
With no pats on the back or cheers

I was an A and B athlete in shcool
I studied and played all I could
Baseball hands and a football head
Turned down the college scene
I was afraid I wasn't that good

At fifteen I went to China
As a missionary with my dad
I've been twice since then
Smuggling bibles in...should I have said that?
Oh well...prison's not that bad

I stood on the Great Wall of China
In the company of greatness
I also dove down alleys
And into the tunnels
To lend a hand, to the helpless

Canada, Mexico, Korea, Japan
I've been to those places too
I'm thirty years old
And back in the south
Milling some rice here for you

I'm a welder and wood-carver
I make rustic furniture and canes
Walking sticks with wood-fellow faces
All made in my shop
I write best in Arkansas rains

I kill all the deer that we eat
I catch many fish here as well
I like to box
And I like to lift weights
But I don't like the way a gym smells

I don't care much for politics
I don't care much for greed
I don't say much in person
I think quiet is priceless
And this country boy has all he needs


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  1. Date: 5/30/2013 12:38:00 PM
    And I'm sorry to hear you are too mentally and physically exhausted to write at the moment. But sometimes that kind of exhaustion can be very satisfying (which I hope is the case for you!)

  1. Date: 5/30/2013 12:36:00 PM
    I found an oldie of yours I hadn't seen before! You have such a humble, honest way about you, Caleb. I learned a lot about you here - and I'm kind of glad I didn't see this one until now, because it really ties in with some of the other poems you've written lately. It's like a prologue to the rest of your poetry :)

  1. Date: 6/7/2012 9:37:00 PM
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  1. Date: 6/3/2012 6:58:00 PM
    CALEB, Congratulations, with the wonderful “ALL ABOUT YOU" win! No one can say it as perfect as YOU CAN!” I have been meaning to stop by and congratulate each winner in this contest. Have yourself a great night~ PD

  1. Date: 6/1/2012 8:06:00 PM
    wow, finally I come upon your bio. So glad to take time to find out about you. How you went to China and did something brave there. The simple life style you lead. If all could be satisfied to live life simply and so well. WE could have world peace! (oh and congrats in the contest)

  1. Date: 5/31/2012 5:51:00 PM
    Congrats, Caleb. Awesome. Kudos. Ralph

  1. Date: 5/30/2012 1:48:00 PM
    Congrats Caleb on you'r win! :) -C

  1. Date: 5/30/2012 10:08:00 AM
    Caleb congrats on your win..David

  1. Date: 5/30/2012 9:43:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in Sidney~LeeAnn's "All About You" contest Caleb. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 5/30/2012 7:53:00 AM
    Congratulations Caleb, nice to know you xx

  1. Date: 5/30/2012 6:41:00 AM
    Caleb it was very nice meeting you through your poetry. well done on your win *smiles*

  1. Date: 5/30/2012 2:15:00 AM
    Congratulations on your 1st place win!!! Terry

  1. Date: 5/29/2012 8:24:00 PM
    CALEB, CONGRATS WITH YOUR XOOL POEM~LUV*SKAT

  1. Date: 5/28/2012 5:12:00 PM
    this is awesome! I know you a thousand times better now after reading this. thanks for sharing and good luck in the contest :)

  1. Date: 5/26/2012 7:46:00 PM
    Wonderfully written insight into Caleb....enjoyed reading : )

  1. Date: 5/23/2012 6:26:00 AM
    Thanks for the insight on you Caleb you sound a fine happy chap with a loving family and a sense of being, well done like it and thank for checking my ditty's out and the lovely comments xx

  1. Date: 5/23/2012 6:00:00 AM
    this makes want to know you better, caleb.. a most intimate poem, so spot on!.. you are awesome.. :) huggs!

    Smith Avatar Caleb Smith
    Date: 5/23/2012 6:20:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you, Nette!
  1. Date: 5/22/2012 9:11:00 PM
    Caleb, i like the way you started your poem,, wondering with a truthful concept on who you truly are!! By the looks of it, you are as normal as they come,,lol... I'm syaing that in a good way... Good luck in the contest... always PD

    Smith Avatar Caleb Smith
    Date: 5/23/2012 6:20:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thankya kindly!
  1. Date: 5/22/2012 4:08:00 PM
    What a lovely read that was, it painted a very interesting person. Thank you for sharing it with us.

    Smith Avatar Caleb Smith
    Date: 5/23/2012 6:20:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    And thank you for reading!
  1. Date: 5/22/2012 3:36:00 PM
    nice one, caleb! you've managed to tell so much about yourself in this poem and it sounds like you have lots of interesting parts to yourself and your life (i love the walking sticks with faces!). i enjoyed reading about you - good luck in the contest!

    Smith Avatar Caleb Smith
    Date: 5/22/2012 3:42:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Cool. Thanks! I've made more canes and walking sticks than poems. Maybe I'll send you one!
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