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A Grave Not Forgotten
by Duke LaRance
Wednesday, August 01, 2012
Rated "G" by the Author.
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They settled in to brave the night; no moon, no stars, just black....


Photeau (c) 2012/duke larance

 
 
 
 
 
Their young’un come down sickly
They couldn’t get to town
The river wild and flooded
From all the rain come down
They come upon a building
Really just a shack
They settled in to brave the night
No moon, no stars just black
 
Sometime just ‘fore sunup
Jesus took their baby boy
They buried him in the prairie
With one small homemade toy
The old rancher heard the story
Built a fence around that place
A small marker, “Baby Rudolph”
Called Home by Jesus Grace
 
I stumbled on that grave one day
While I was punchin’ cows
I climbed down from the big red mare
Then stood with my head bowed
Now every time I see that place
I know it was meant to be
That the boy is not forgotten
If remembered just by me
 
©2012/duke larance ~ the drugstore cowboy poet
 
 

 

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Reviewed by John Domino 3/30/2013
Hey Duke,

A great poetic tribute to "Baby Rudolph" and now folks around the world will read your kind words.

God Bless,

JMD
Reviewed by John Flanagan 8/8/2012
this is the work of a poet in touch,
in touch with what matters and what is;
your expression, Duke, is close to perfect here;
truly love this and i'm saving it

sorry i'm late getting here
but so much has been going on
ever


john
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart 8/3/2012
I LOVE your poem Duke. It's so authentic and heart touching. Just beautiful
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 8/1/2012
Great write, cowboy...maybe you could put a toy on his gravesite around Christmas every year...if nothing else I would be willing to pay for it...e
Reviewed by Diana Legun (Reader) 8/1/2012
This reads with the cadence of a trail ride and I enjoy the imagery of "...one small homemade toy" and "I climbed down from the big red mare", but the tragedy of this story is most fleshed in by your great last line: "If remembered just by me." Good poetry. ~~ Diana
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 8/1/2012
Yes, the family grave sites on ranches and farms evoke memories. But a single child buried and left behind, but still honored, is the stuff of poetry.

Ron



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