Hey! Episode 4 is out there baby! Careful listeners will find there is a mix up between what the podcast player says and what I say the episode number is on the podcast. Just ignore it. It is episode 4 even though I say it’s episode 3. I don’t always know what I’m talking about! As most people know, the gun debate, the debate over 2nd amendment rights is a huge thing in then country today. So this first poem, “What if…” is in response to that. Here it is:
What if I was sleeping in my bed,
and you broke into my house?
What if you had a drug problem
and needed to steal for money?
What if I woke up and shot you
with my gun?
My legally acquired, paid for
conceal and carry gun.
Is your life worth less than mine?
What if you have a mother?
Would she cry and say no mother
should have to bury her son?
Do you deserve to die
because you did something foolish?
Do I have the right
to take your life away?
Maybe you have children.
What if I had to face them
and tell them why
I took their daddy away.
What if I believe in God?
And I stand before God on my judgement day.
And God says “You killed one of my children.”
And I say “Yes Lord, but he was trying to steal my T.V.
Yeah, so that’s my commentary on that. This next one, “Steam Was Almost Gone,” has to do with trains, which I have loved since I was little. Northfield has a train yard with 3 or 4 sidings to it right in town. Late at night when I was supposed to be sleeping I could here the switcher engine roaring in the yard, moving box cars around. Northfield had it’s own railroad called, The Minneapolis, Northfield and Southern. That was pretty exciting for me as a kid because I loved trains. So I would listen to them at night in the summer with the windows wide open because it was hot, and even in the Winter you can’t keep the sound out. Here is, “Steam Was Almost Gone:
And the music came through the open window
as I would lie, not sleeping,
as my mother intended.
The screech and squeal of steel on steel.
The engine rumbling up to a roar,
the cars, banging together.
A bill of lading for each
connected together and bound for
well, who knows where?
Carrying what? I didn’t know.
Circus animals? Bombs for the war?
My 11 year old mind full of wonder.
And who drove those trains?
What kind of men were they?
As men they would have to be.
Bib overalls, engineer caps, boots.
Those weren’t things for girls.
They were big, strong, men.
They would shovel that coal,
stoke that boiler and
the steam would pour out the stack.
For maybe, the last time.
The Diesel’s were taking over.
Steam, was almost gone.
As sleep overcame I heard the whistle
and the rumble as the train pulled out.
And I prayed that steam, wasn’t gone.
And this last one, “Minnesota.” All these names were taken right off a Minnesota map. They’re all alphabetized, and that’s why I mention that there are no lakes or towns beginning with “X.” Now I could be wrong about that so if anyone knows of some, please let me know. There are over 11,000 lakes in Minnesota and some don’t even have names or roads to get there! It’s a great place to live. Here is, Minnesota:
I love this state. Conifer and Hardwood forests, rolling hills, farmland and prairie.
There is enough pink and black and white granite to make 10 billion headstones,
but we’re not the Granite state. That’s New Hampshire. We are the land of 10,000 lakes.
More like 15,000. Some don’t have names. For those that do, there are,
Bad Axe Lake,
Dead Fish Lake,
East Four Legged Lake,
First Dog Lake,
Hanging Horn Lake,
Ice Cracking Lake,
Jock Mock Lake,
Little Dead Horse Lake,
Ox Hide Lake,
Pea Soup lake,
Rain Barrel Lake,
Thirty One Lake,
No lakes beginning with X,
and Zig Zag Lake.
And little towns scattered all across the state like,
No towns beginning with X,
The town of Rice is not in Rice county, it’s in Benton County.
The town of Faribault is not in Faribault County, It’s in Rice County.
The town of Blue Earth is not in Blue Earth County, It’s in Faribault County.
The town of Becker is not in Becker County, it’s in Sherburne County.
The town of Cook is not in Cook County, it’s in St. Louis County.
The town of St. Louis is not in St. Louis County, it’s in Missouri.
The town of Cottonwood is not in Cottonwood County, it’s in Lyon County.
The town of Grant is not in Grant County, it’s in Ramsey County.
The town of Marshall is not in Marshall County, it’s in Lyon County.
As far as I know, there are no Lions in Lyon County.
And, The Mississippi River does not begin in Mississippi,
it begins in… Minnesota! in Itasca State Park, which by the way, is not in Itasca County.
And last but not least, I hear there is great fishing on Alcohol Creek!