BEEN THERE DONE THAT

I have done near all with not much left, the diving helmet thing.

Pearl diving, too, and from a high cliff just for the thrill it would bring.

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Diving from planes from way up high and low, just 300 feet. (*)

Jumping with a parachute, of course, the landings not always sweet!

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I have shot at and been shot at some very close calls, I think.

The auto accidents, of course, and spent time in the clink.

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I have hitchhiked practically every state, had problems with many a dog.

Killed one, broke the jaw of another, and many times high on grog.

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Spent time with gloves in the ring; won some, got beat up, too.

Gambled some, near lost my shirt, lucky to leave with my shoe.

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Railroad, paint gang, (D. C. H. & S.) been there done that, too. (**)

Climbed a thousand foot cliff straight up, just for something to do.

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Slept on a grave in a church graveyard, ten cents in my pants was all.

Darkest night then saw a bright light!  This time I heard the Lord’s call!

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So I have preached to saints and sinners alike, buried and married a bunch.

Now I am retired and writing this stuff and three times a day I do lunch.

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But that is not all I have, I have so much more; The Lord is leading me still!

With a lovely wife, family, and friends, and a mansion over the hill!

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So “come and go with me to my Father’s House…”

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(*)  Actually 250 feet, combat jump

(**) Dining car and hotel service.

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Sam Cox 08.12.03

GUESS I LIVE TO LIVE

It was after that foray before it happened,

Other side of this page,

Told Al, our squad leader, “I am going down,

Find me a grave.”

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Well, a place to sleep really I meant.

So I passed up about five,

Found a deep one and empty too until

Its owner dropped in alive!

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Jewish boy just started with the words,

“Reverend, I am an atheist.”

So when this skirmish broke out, knew

I could not sign pacifist.

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I tried to explain I was not a reverend

But he would not take arguments.

God’s protection of me, he assumed,

I was, like, heaven-sent!

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How could I argue?  Just did not feel

Religious as they would say,

“I need sleep,” I yawned, but he would not quit!

No sleep for me night or day.

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A grinning squad leader jumped our hole,

“Let’s go!” he said, “and do not argue.”

Off again!  Only he knew just where!

Enemy guns we withdrew.

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Strategic he mumbled and that was it!

My tree was machinegun riddled

Found out later Al had told all!

Including the x-rated.

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I had, like, spilled my guts to him

Including the preacher thing!

How I fought the call to be tied down!

I was such a ding-a-ling!

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Decided much later it was all for good!

Survived on a banana each day!

Hitchhiked most states affordably!

And experiencing hunger at play!

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Did God watch this hoodlum as he barely survived?

Of course He did!  And survived he did!

Through Sin Town, Las Vegas, a slot machine

Doled out enough, home my bid.

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Where I found another chance at real life!

Azusa Pacific I enrolled

Got my degree with a burning desire

The preaching task my goal!

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What do you know those predictions?

Did come to pass!

And I have a purpose in life now,

And a joy now, joy that will last!

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Your humble servant,

S. H. C. 10.11.10

FOREVERMORE

She was a preachers daughter, I a missionary son!

Guess birds of a feather flock.

Could hardly ever keep us apart!

Like, they almost shared one sock!

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I knew that someday I would settle down,

To do the ministry thing!

But meanwhile life was calling out there

And this boy must have his fling!

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So fling it was from Atlantic, cold,

To Pacific, warmth, go West!

Hitchhike, of course, one place?  This clown?

Of course, I loved the Pacific best!

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But in between two states, did their thing,

The wild wilderness attracts!

Wyoming and Utah, wide open spaces

Just highway and railroad tracks!

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Traveled both ways, never cost a cent!

Boxcars always free!

Hitchhiking the easy way, way back then!

No free ways distracted me!

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Then civilized, yes, in the Army life!

Conforming to no life at all!

Lost millions of men in World War II!

Did I then hear God call?

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I believe, yes, many times over!

God only knows His ways!

He spoke not just once but many times!

Bad tricks, distraction plays!

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God stayed by my side!  I love Him so!

What’s left of my life I give!

Back to Him who sacrificed all!

That I with Him may live!

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I am settled now, my mate has been

With me through ten or more

Churches, that is, I am a three-year man,

As I have mentioned before!

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Settled down now, lost most of her kin

Are gone!  As are my own!

Know something, up there we will be

Nevermore alone!

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Know what else?  Count a multitude

Of children, grandchildren and

Great to carry on this legacy that

We will share in foreverland!

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My prayer!  You know this is my prayer,

I weep for you all each day!

That I will see you all at home!

With God to stay there always!

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Sam Cox  02.25.09