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PAUL AND SARAH

He was born in backwoods Missouri. 1840 the year he arrived. Conflict, sickness and hard times prevailed. Through it all he grew strong and survived. Skills to live were a gift from his father. Faith in God from his mother each day. Never taking his freedom for granted. Understanding the price one must pay. He quietly moved into manhood. With his siblings he stood sure and tall. Proud to be part of his family. Then, the young man heard destiny's call. Not sure of the path to be taken, But, he knew he must find his own way. Calling on God's Divine guidance, And His strength, love and joy for each day. Well, for five years he worked in the mill, Preparing for what life will bring. A wagon to build, horses to buy. Then Sarah walked in and made his heart sing. Sometimes, one can feel like a shadow; Incomplete in an unfulfilled dream. That's how it was for Sarah and Paul, Till they flowed into one life stream. Sarah's family were all back in Boston. She left them to find, her own destiny. Consumed by the pioneer spirit. How she longed for the land of the free. She made it as far as Missouri, With a plan to move on further west. Then Paul walked into her life and she knew, That he'd become part of her quest. She shared in his hope for the future. More than willing to stand by her man. To homestead some land out in Kansas, Start a farm, raise a family, the plan. An American flag and the bible; Wedding gifts from Paul's mother, she cried, "May God keep you safe in your travels." His father looked on, full of pride. They hitched up the team to the wagon, Bid farewell to their family and friends. Headed out, into unknown adventure, Where America's dream never ends. There were challenges met on the journey, With a spirit that will not concede. Swarming locust, dust storms, rivers to cross, But, they knew where their victories lead. They traveled through Kansas with hope in their hearts, For a place where a family could thrive. Where crops could be grown, a church and a school, And a town that was fairly close by. They found peace in a county called Morris. Felt like home with some trees and a stream. Quarter section of land with some promise. Here they'd build their American dream. Sarah tilled up some ground for the garden. Paul began to envision their home; A cabin with walls strong and sturdy; A pole with the flag his mother had sewn. Neighbors came by to lend them a hand. Soon the cabin was built safe and warm. Sarah with child, Paul worked on the barn. And they were secure from the storm. Well, the days went by, as they surely do. Then the weeks, and the months, and the years. Three little children now ran through, All their struggles, and laughter, and tears. Paul raised up the flag in the morning. And they read from the bible each day. Grateful for all God had given them. Before meals they held hands and they'd pray. There was Mary and Matthew and Martha, Their dog Bo with big ears and brown nose. Sarah tended the garden and children, Cooked the meals and made most of their clothes. Each child was given chores to be done, Learning honesty, friendship and pride. Their Pa, a pillar of honor and strength. And love, the wagon they all would ride. Paul learned to farm, he planted the wheat, And hoped for a high yield each year. But nature can rip through the best laid plans, Searching for options, it soon became clear. The forge and the anvil sat waiting, For the skill that Paul learned as a boy. He had to provide for his children and wife. And his knife making brought him such joy. Between mending fences and planting, Hunting and harvesting wheat that prevailed; He worked in the shop with tools that he loved, Making knives that his customers hailed! "Nothing less than a fine work of art," "An extension of one's very hand." But Paul ever humble, thanked God for his skill, And kept working the steel and the land. Neighbors helped neighbors in times of need. Being friends reached beyond a passing hello. They shared in the blessings God gave them, Through fire and hail and hard driven snow. While the children grew up with a purpose, And a love for this land of the free. Knowing God is the source of their freedom. We the People are given the key. Paul and Sarah provided their family, With shelter and clothing and food. Safe from harm and the fury of nature. Giving love that would always include, Paul raising the flag in the morning. Holding hands and a prayer for each meal. Sarah reading them all bible verses. Sunday worship to nourish and heal. They had found their American Dream. In the land and the friends they had made, And the freedom to raise up a family. To choose their own way, and the price to be paid. From a distance it looks like survival, But with God, it's a blessing indeed. Life, Liberty, the quest for happiness. Planting love as the ultimate seed.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2015




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Date: 2/3/2016 5:39:00 AM
I am reserving my comment until I read Part Two ! lol
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Robert Nehls
Date: 2/13/2016 6:10:00 PM
Hi Jerry. OK, then I will reserve my reply.... Robert.
Date: 2/1/2016 9:22:00 AM
A wonderful family story, Robert. An easy flow to your words, and pleasant rhyme. A very enjoyable read, and an easy 7 for me.
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Robert Nehls
Date: 2/2/2016 9:21:00 AM
Hi Cona. Thanks so much for the 7. I sometimes wonder about these longer poems holding the readers attention. I appreciate your kind comments. Have a fantastic day, my friend.... Robert.
Date: 12/16/2015 7:59:00 AM
- I just want to say hello ..... and... - Now that the time is near .... I wanna wish you a peaceful and beautiful Christmas for you and your loved ones, Robert :) - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Robert Nehls
Date: 1/7/2016 8:56:00 AM
Thank you Anne Lise. I hope that you had a wonderful Christmas and the new year is going well. Thank you so much for your happy wishes, my friend..... Robert
Date: 10/14/2015 8:30:00 AM
Simply Beautiful... GOD IS GOOD.
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Robert Nehls
Date: 10/15/2015 4:51:00 AM
Hi Hilton. Thanks so much for you comment. I'm glad you liked it, my friend.... Robert.
Date: 10/9/2015 3:48:00 PM
Wow...an epic write, Robert. Inspiring and reminds people on the virtues that a new nation were founded on. Glad to see you're back! hugs!
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Robert Nehls
Date: 10/10/2015 5:22:00 AM
Hi Kim. Thanks for your comments. I'm glad you stopped by to read this one and that you enjoyed it..... Robert.
Date: 10/8/2015 10:03:00 PM
Hi Robert, I really enjoyed reading this piece. You have penned a compelling story of love and faith. This is my kind of story. It reminds of Janet Oke's stories. Her books told stories of love and that love's foundation was their strong faith in God.You captured that as well in this outstanding write. Thanks for stopping by my page. Because It gave me a chance to read your poetry:-)Alexis P.S. When you have the chance read my poems "The Missionary And The Bum" and "No Limits No Boundaries".
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Robert Nehls
Date: 10/10/2015 5:20:00 AM
Hi Alexis. Thank so much four your kind and uplifting comments. Yes, a strong faith in God is a great foundation to build a life upon. I will read the 2 poems you mentioned soon.... Robert.
Date: 10/7/2015 12:38:00 PM
An uplifting and positive write of faith, strength and love. An excellent story and write Robert! Hugs
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Robert Nehls
Date: 10/8/2015 8:13:00 AM
Hi Celia. Thanks so much for the kind comments and for reading this poem. I'm happy you enjoyed it, my friend..... Robert.
Date: 10/6/2015 10:17:00 PM
A beautiful story of love, family and dreams that touches the heart deeply... Great rhyming and smooth flowing lines throughout. Very well written, my friend!
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Robert Nehls
Date: 10/7/2015 6:14:00 AM
Hi Kelley. Your comments are always welcome and it's very nice to hear from you. I appreciate your kind words, my friend. I'm happy that you liked this one. Have a beautiful day.... Robert.
Date: 10/6/2015 4:39:00 PM
Robert it was good to hear from you once again, and you, one of the few, who can get me to read such a lengthy poem, a beautiful piece of work my friend---don't be a stranger
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Robert Nehls
Date: 10/7/2015 6:10:00 AM
Hi Jerry. Nice to hear from you too, my friend. I'm happy I could get you to read this one and I'm glad you liked it. I'm going to try to get on the Soup a little more often. Thanks for your comments. Have a wonderful day, my friend.... Robert.
Date: 10/3/2015 10:28:00 PM
MY FRIEND A TRULY FANTASTIC POEM. Adding this one to my fav list and amazed at the poetic skill and smooth flow shining brightly in this poem. A7
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Robert Nehls
Date: 10/7/2015 6:03:00 AM
Hi Bob. Nice to hear from you, my friend. I'm glad this is your kind of poetry and that you enjoyed it. I gave been to Great Falls a few times and have driven by Malmstrom AFB. Maybe you flew over some of those ghost towns. I appreciate your comments. Have a great day, my friend..... Robert.
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Robert Nehls
Date: 10/4/2015 5:07:00 AM
Hi Robert. Nice to hear from you, my friend. Your comments are always so kind and uplifting and I truly do appreciate that. Thanks for the fav and the 7. Have a great day, my friend and may God's light shine upon you.... Robert.
Date: 10/2/2015 11:18:00 AM
Robert, you are a storyteller for sure, this was amazing, I was riveted to every word, 7, and thanks for visiting my poem, it was me ... and for the nice comment. .
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Robert Nehls
Date: 10/4/2015 5:02:00 AM
Hi Broken Wings. Thank you so much for you kind comment. I'm glad you said you were riveted to each word and for the 7. Sometimes I wonder about these longer poems and I'm happy to hear that people are enjoying them. Your comments are always welcome, my friend. Have a wonderful day..... Robert.
Date: 10/1/2015 10:45:00 AM
If I get very small, may I live inside your poem? Great rhyme and count, no forced sentences - a fine story so well written. I am impressed and can't wait for part 2 ... CayCay
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Robert Nehls
Date: 10/2/2015 7:11:00 AM
Hi CayCay. Thanks so much for reading this one. I lived in this this poem for quite a while as I wrote it and I think from your comment that you were happy with your visit into that world. I'm happy you took that journey and I appreciate your wonderful comments. Part two will be coming soon. Have a beautiful day, my friend.... Robert.
Date: 10/1/2015 5:55:00 AM
Great story told in poetic form..I am glad that I chose this one to read today..Thanks for stopping by..I appreciate you reading and taking time to comment..Is this story about family? Sara
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Robert Nehls
Date: 10/2/2015 7:04:00 AM
Hi Sara. Nice to hear from you and I'm glad you chose this one to read also. Happy to hear you enjoyed it. I was trying to show the character and qualities of the early American people and families that settled this great land and their trust in God at that time. It is about family but not my personal family. Thanks again Sara. Have a wonderful day..... Robert.
Date: 9/29/2015 9:58:00 AM
I truly enjoyed this narrative poem, Robert, and that says a lot for one like me who is not usually keen on long poems!! This one kept my attention, and I was sorry that it had to the end. ~ All the best. // paul
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Robert Nehls
Date: 9/29/2015 4:50:00 PM
Hi Paul. It's nice to hear from you, my friend. I'm happy to hear that this one kept your attention. It's funny you saying you were sorry that it had to end because I felt the same way. So, soon there will be a Paul and Sarah part two that I will be posting. They will continue on further west in search of their American Dream. Thanks again... Robert.
Date: 9/28/2015 1:52:00 PM
- A great story from ancient times, the time they had to struggle to survive - not an easy life, but time together in gratefulness and love - I enjoy reading your story Robert, really wonderful written ! ( a 7) - Best wishes and hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Robert Nehls
Date: 9/29/2015 6:45:00 AM
Hi Anne Lise. It's always so nice to hear from you. I happy that you liked this story and I appreciate the 7. Have a wonderful day, my friend..... Robert.
Date: 9/28/2015 11:58:00 AM
Robert, what a fabulously crafted narrative. You truly told their story well. Thoroughly enjoyed reading this - love Janette
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Robert Nehls
Date: 9/29/2015 6:40:00 AM
Hi Janette. Thanks so much for stopping by and reading this poem. And thanks for your kind words. I'm glad that you enjoyed it, my friend...... Robert.
Date: 9/25/2015 9:10:00 PM
gosh, robert, this was quite the story of the American Dream. I am guessing maybe it is a story from your own geneology? Al the work put into it leads me to believe that! well done, and so nice to see you again.
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Robert Nehls
Date: 9/28/2015 5:26:00 AM
Hi Andrea. Nice to hear from you, my friend. I'm so glad you liked this one. This story is not from my own genealogy but there was a lot of work and research done into the places and people of those great American times. The story and the people are fictional but the circumstances are true to life. Thanks again Andrea.... Robert.
Date: 9/25/2015 6:57:00 AM
What a wonderful narrative, I enjoyed your story very much.
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Robert Nehls
Date: 9/28/2015 5:14:00 AM
Hi Richard. Thanks for reading. I'm happy you enjoyed it my friend.,,, Robert.