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Driving to Gainesville

Updated: Jul 13

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Sue and me

were half asleep

but determined to keep

pushing the pedal to Gainesville

The kids were in back

counting sheep in the sack

when suddenly a bang on the grille


I got to straighten the truck

less with skill, more with luck

then settled fears all around

Jay’s neck and knee throbbed

sister Joan softly sobbed

as I turned and slid to the ground


There was blood everywhere

and returning my stare

was a big deer, broken and still

yet we were alive

and the truck had survived

an unlucky old buck was the kill


We got him hoisted in back

admired the twelve-point rack

then limped on the rest of our way

We remained wide awake

recalled the what-ifs at stake

dropped drapes on a memorable day


Sometimes life hits you right where it aches

And without any warning it raises the stakes

We all want to keep our families alive

And we sure want to see the future thrive

But maybe another hand predicts who survives


I can’t tell you the times

I’ve walked that fine line

between not stopping to pray

and making it through another day

Yes, I survived a tour

and no, never ever felt poor

Didn’t feel I deserved more than any other

yet I’m still here having lost many a brother

All I can be is thankful for how it’s gone

and hope you too have the good fortune to journey on


Sometimes life hits you right where it aches

And without any warning it raises the stakes

We all want to keep our families alive

And we sure want to see the future thrive

But maybe another hand predicts who survives


I took a lot of risks

an obit full of asterisks

and yet I’ve enjoyed a blessed life

kids, their kids and a wonderful wife

So what determines who’ll live and who will die

which families celebrate and which will cry

If I really knew

I’d tell the rest of you

All I can be is thankful for how it’s gone

and hope you too have the good fortune to journey on


Sometimes life hits you right where it aches

And without any warning it raises the stakes

We all want to keep our families alive

And we sure want to see the future thrive

But maybe another hand predicts who survives





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