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Wednesday, May 27, 2009
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Virginia's my home and I love it. I’m not really moving anywhere, but my trip out west the early part of the month to visit my daughters was exhilarating, to say the least. If I were going out there, this is a song I might sing. BTW. that's a whole town at the base of the mountain in the accompanying pic.


East is pretty, but too dang wet,

Damp and humid, breathin’s hard,

And the biggest bugs you ever met,

Get in the house from out in th’ yard,


Can’t go walkin’ the woods about,

‘Less ticks you want to stick on you,

An’ chiggers to itch until you shout,

Swarmin’ gnats, an’ deer flies too.


Pack my bags for Albuquerque,

Cuttin’ a trail an’ headin’ West,

May seem t'you a bit too quirky,

But a big dry sky fits me th' best.


Look real close at what one sees,

With specks for cows and horses too,

Lonesome ranch in a bunch o’ trees,

Invitin t' me, through and through.


My bags’r bound for Albuquerque,

I’m settin’ sail an’ headin’ West, 

May seem t'be a might too quirky,

But a western sky fits me th' best.


Desert’s got critters t’ be aware,

Tooth an’ claw some pain can bring,

‘Neath rocks an’ cactus hide their lair,

Spring to bite or stab their sting.


But pack my bags for Albuquerque,

Make a trail an’ head out West,

Leavin' where th' sky's too murky, 

Big dry sky’s done passed my test.


YahoooooOO! Albuquerque!

YahoooooOO! Big ol' b'loon fest!

Sure seems a damn bit quirky,

But I got my bags, I'm headin’ west! 


© 2009 R. Leland Waldrip









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Reviewed by Debbie Lacy 10/11/2011
Well written Leland and I love Albuquerque too! The people there are so darn friendly and I grown quite fund of turquiose jewelry, so nice, beautiful and blue! :) Thanks for sharing this great poem...took me back!

Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper 6/11/2009
good one L, I have a brother in new mexico, hope you have a great time
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart 6/1/2009
Leland if you think Virginia is wet and buggy spend some time in South Carolina!! Wonderful poem, the flow is perfect. Glad you enjoyed your trip so much.
Reviewed by Edwin Hurdle 5/31/2009
Great song,fantastic work,I enjoy reading it,take care

Reviewed by Michelle Mead 5/31/2009
Great song! You can't help but sing it when you read it. And your rhythym is just right which is good so as not distracting to the reader or the ear if it was a listener. Excellent work.
Reviewed by Tom Hyland 5/29/2009

Maryland, like OLE VIRGINNY - has similar critters, but it's still my preference.

Western Mountains for hiking and skiing -
Eastern Shore for ocean and beaches -
Rivers, Lakes, Streams, Ponds for fishing -
Big City for cultural events -
Little Towns for rural excursions -
Farms, Historic sites to visit -
And More, more, more ...

YEP - Plant me down in Ole Baltimore!

But - you enjoy your "GIDDY-YUP" on some ole mule!

Peace - Tom.

Reviewed by Ronald Hull 5/28/2009
Hope you got to grab one of those airbags and float west to Phoenix.

Reviewed by Carolyn Red Bear (The Bear Paw) 5/28/2009
Hi Leland, Thank you for sharing your zest for Alb! That's where I'll be heading, for sure, since that's where both of my sons live! I like your style.... :]

In Spirit,
Reviewed by C. J. Stevens 5/28/2009
Originality, thy name is Leland Waldrip. Incredible how many voices and moods you can be eloquent in!
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 5/28/2009
Been to Albuquerque many times, and I, too, have always been intrigued with the Southwest.
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 5/27/2009
home is home-my heart will always be in new england, my earliest home
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 5/27/2009
Someone (?) once said, "Go west, young man!" and so you did...Ed
Reviewed by Mary Lacey, Desertrat 5/27/2009

I like the way you "talked". Just like an old pioneer. I live out west and yes, it's quirky but it's the best!


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