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Darrell Arnold


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Now, it truly is amazing
How the years go racing by
While youíre busy out there chasing
After rainbows in the sky,

But one day you check the mirror
And the person there within
Has watched 50 years go passing;
Heck, it seems like only ten.

So you survey whatís around you
And itís maybe not as great
As you told yourself it would be,
Back when you were twenty-eight.

Still, youíve got your health and famíly,
And, by God, youíre still around.
Think of those who had it better
Who are now six under ground.

Friend, donít mourn your loss, be grateful,
For those years that went before.
They were just the pathway leading
Down the trail to fifty more.


© by Darrell Arnold.
Used here with the authorís permission.


Darrell Arnold has been writing poetry for more than forty years. He was an associate editor at Western Horseman magazine for five years, then launched his own publication, Cowboy Magazine, which ran for nearly eighteen years. Poetry, primarily cowboy poetry, was an integral part of both publications. In the early ‘90s, Darrell started turning his poetry into songs and has now had more than 20 poems recorded by various western singers; three of them have earned "Song of the Year" awards from Western Writers of America and the International Western Music Association. In 2023, Darrell's book, A Bard in Boots, earned him the Gold Medal from the Will Rogers Medallion Awards for literature. He continues to write poetry and has extended an open invitation to cowboy singers everywhere to team up with him to make more memorable songs. For details and special pricing on his books, contact Darrell at P. O. Box 3097, Colorado City, AZ 86021.

           

 


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