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Hard Times

When hard times come they sit a spell, Like kin folk come to stay A-packin' troubles, pets an' kids That always get ‘n your way. It's drought an' flood, an' flood an' drought, There ain't much in-between. You work like hell to make ’em good, But still they’re sorta lean. The ranch went under late last year, The drought got mighty tough. The boss held-out a long, long time, But finally said, "enough!" So here I am dispatchin’ cops An’ watchin’ felons sleep, In Junction, at the county jail, A job I’ll prob’ly keep. The wife, she works at Leisure Lodge, Where older people stay, A-makin’ beds an’ moppin’ floors To earn some ‘extra’ pay. Though “extra pay‘s” the term I used, It goes to payin’ rent, An’ after all the bills are paid, We wonder where it went. We hocked my saddle, guns an' chaps, An' then our weddin' rings; Then when we couldn't pay the loan, They sold the 'dad-blamed' things. We felt real bad a day or two But then we let it go, Cause it got Christmas for the kids When money got real slow. When hard times come they sit a spell, Don't matter who you are; They'll cost ya things you've set aside, An' clean your cookie jar. You'll loose some sleep an' worry some, Won't pay to moan an' groan; But hang on to your happiness, They'll finally leave ya 'lone.

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  1. Date: 2/5/2014 10:03:00 AM
    This was down right funny and serious. It just makes for a good read because you hit the nail right on the head for sure.

  1. Date: 1/18/2014 12:07:00 PM
    When I read Thomas Hardy's- the very same poet who was mistaken and worshiped as a novelist against his wishes- poems, especially 'The Valenceens', I was sad at the thought that in my generation there are not many poets who will create such perfectly musical poems, meaningful too. Now I change my opinion after singing this poem. For a moment, I was also delighted at the doubt that whether I had landed on some distant past, passing through even the perfectly old language of those times.

  1. Date: 6/22/2013 10:52:00 PM
    Well worth the read. A work of creative art and so enjoyable to read your take on the hard times in life :) So True!

  1. Date: 2/5/2013 5:25:00 PM
    !!!

  1. Date: 1/2/2013 2:54:00 PM
    I have a feeling this story could be repeated in various forms all over the country. It seems many have fallen on hard times and the American dream has meaning for only a few. You must have written from experience; aside from the sadness it is brilliant.

  1. Date: 3/29/2011 3:57:00 AM
    Cowboy poetry at its finest, Jim. Many congrats on this fine feature of the week. Elaine

  1. Date: 3/28/2011 6:06:00 AM
    Congratulations on your well deserved featured poem this week Jim. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 3/27/2011 6:40:00 PM
    Congratulations on your poem being featured this week, Jim

  1. Date: 10/30/2009 4:37:00 PM
    good one there Jim! read my Hats...it's a bit cowboy! I love your verses! Light & Love (Maybe you can make me a Concrete cowboy verse..hat? peace pipe? LOL for my contest)

  1. Date: 9/11/2009 9:10:00 PM
    Howdy Jimbo; Finally found your stuff. Great story son. Ain't no life better than that good-'ole Cowboy livin'. It ain't fancy, it ain't for folks wantin' wealth, but it is some good clean livin'. You can't beat the benefits either. Wide open country an' a man ain't had a friend 'til a horse accepts you as a friend. Gonna go read a few more. God Bless ya Pard. JW ~ TexasCowboyIsh

  1. Date: 8/16/2009 7:43:00 AM
    thanks for acknoledging my poem and placing it in your contest

  1. Date: 8/16/2009 7:41:00 AM
    This is an excellent, wonderful piece, you are a wonderful poet I love the flow of words… please keep the flag flying and congratulations on a well deserved feature of the week. You are great friend!. Adeleke

  1. Date: 8/15/2009 7:22:00 AM
    Jim, I usually don't read cowboy poems, but I loved this one! Thanks for sharing it and congrats on its feature. All the best, Krista

  1. Date: 8/11/2009 1:09:00 PM
    Congratulations on your poetry being featured this week Jim>>James

  1. Date: 8/10/2009 5:10:00 AM
    Jim - I wish to congratulate you on having your poetry featured this week – God bless you, MJ

  1. Date: 8/10/2009 4:20:00 AM
    Congratulations on your poetry being featured this week Jim. May you have many more.Love, Carol

  1. Date: 8/10/2009 4:03:00 AM
    Jim, I re-read this poem, today. Times are tough, as your poem well describes. You seem to be hanging in there, though, as are we by focusing on the happy things - like love and family. Happiness maintained is God's gift as through life's evils we sift. My prayer, cowboy, is that you'll eventually get your chaps back and enough extra money to celebrate your anniversary with new bands of gold (or silver) as you walk hand in hand through your troubles. God bless you.

  1. Date: 8/9/2009 11:47:00 PM
    Congrats on your feature poem this week Jim rgds Brian

  1. Date: 8/9/2009 1:11:00 PM
    Fantastic write, Jim! Congratulations on being featured this week. Ruben.

  1. Date: 8/9/2009 12:53:00 PM
    Congratulations on being featured, JIM, "Yippie-i-o ki-yea" or something like that. LOL Keep writing! DAS-J

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