SOON LAUGHTER

Is God wild?  God is everything!

Whatever He wants to be!

Wildness of nature, the animals,

Look around!  Just look and see!

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That tiger, lion, that crocodile,

Unfriendly to just everyone!

Capture before they kill and eat  you!

They may eat you just for fun!

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Dad shot a tiger and its snarl

Just never left its face!

Scary it was!  And to be afraid

Not any kind of disgrace!

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India, he took down many venison!

Fed us and the native help, too!

Skinned and cleaned the one, sure enough,

To last us a week or two.

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Big deer, burak singa, the natives called,

Sure, some stuff I remember,

How can any forget anything,

Like, Christmas in December!

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Nilguy, par per bitah-tah, and I shot him,

Small brother laid claim,

He had learned to tell stories early in life,

Big was never disdained!

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All then laughed, sure it was story time!

We never discouraged him!

Tell another, quick as you could blink,

Of course, it was no sin.

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He knew that everyone also  knew!

His stories just tall tales!

But did not seem to bother him one bit!

Enjoyment never failed!

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Until father died then all stories stopped!

All of us took the blow,

Badly!  But existence continued on!

Surely life goes on, you know!

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Heaven waits, dim consolation

He is wanted here and now!

Smallpox took him, I stood by his tent,

As near as they would allow!

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Years went by, stations all cleared,

Back home in Michigan,

Forget it all!  But oh, so hard!

Counting higher than ten!

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What helped then?  Hard work on the farm!

School and High School after,

Some remembered fathers attending there!

Much later there was laughter!

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the Sam 06.29.13

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