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Just Gettin' Started
Darrell Arnold


Now, it truly is amazing
How the years go racing by
While youíre busy out there chasing
After rainbows in the sky,

But one day you check the mirror
And the person there within
Has watched 50 years go passing;
Heck, it seems like only ten.

So you survey whatís around you
And itís maybe not as great
As you told yourself it would be,
Back when you were twenty-eight.

Still, youíve got your health and famíly,
And, by God, youíre still around.
Think of those who had it better
Who are now six under ground.

Friend, donít mourn your loss, be grateful,
For those years that went before.
They were just the pathway leading
Down the trail to fifty more.

© by Darrell Arnold.
Used here with the authorís permission.

Darrell Arnold has been writing poetry for more than forty years. He was an associate editor at Western Horseman magazine for five years, then launched his own publication, Cowboy Magazine, which ran for nearly eighteen years. Poetry, primarily cowboy poetry, was an integral part of both publications. In the early ‘90s, Darrell started turning his poetry into songs and has now had more than 20 poems recorded by various western singers; two of them have earned song-of-the-year" awards from Western Writers of America and the Western Music Association. Darrell continues to write poetry and has extended an open invitation to cowboy singers everywhere to team up with him to make more memorable songs. For details and special pricing on his books, contact him at P. O. Box 3097, Colorado City, AZ 86021.




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On difficult days, I remind myself I'm on the correct side of the grass!
Posted 01/01/2022 03:41 PM
Sharon Waller Knutson:
Nice to read cowboy poetry. Good job Darrell.
Posted 01/01/2022 12:47 PM
I feel a casual upbeat rhythm along this trail.
Posted 01/01/2022 12:18 PM
Posted 01/01/2022 12:05 PM
I must go look at myself in the mirror now.
Posted 01/01/2022 10:01 AM
Well said, Darrell! We're "feelin'" your words in both 'body' and 'soul.' Happy New Year!!
Posted 01/01/2022 09:51 AM
Yes, all true..We travel a very long road in this life, at least, I have at this age and the memories are the sweetest things we have. I did like the sentiments in this fine poem.
Posted 01/01/2022 08:48 AM
Larry Schug:
Optimism--the Cowboy Way! There is some depth to these words, too. They're not just platitudes by any means.
Posted 01/01/2022 07:57 AM

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