Friday, April 15, 2016

Plenty More Left To Tell

Seek a cool, green hilltop close to the sky
Where the refreshing winds of heaven blow
And the birds spread their wings as they pass by
Seeking some destination that they only know

Then close your eyes and listen…… You will hear
Calling, calling out your name
Old voices that you once knew so dear
Calling you back to where they laid claim

Upon the mighty land they loved so well
Across this beautiful Blue Ridge they called home
There’s so many stories they are waiting to tell
Left behind for all of us, to share and carry on

Winds of time sweep many golden memories
Paths of ancestors become streets of gold
Like the tall, tall mountains born from the trees
These are the things to cherish and lay hold

They tell their stories of hard work and sacrifice
With plenty of satisfaction, joy and pride
Knowing those big fields of corn was suffice
Putting bread on the table, knowing how to provide

Riding a wagon on an old gutted out road
If we look closely the roads are still there
Those mules worked hard and pulled many a load
Can’t ye hear the Gee’s and Haw’s still in the air

And when the noon time sun was mighty hot
They snaked out wood for the winter’s cold
Always thinking ahead and on many a trot
A way of life that should never become old

The gardens were a plenty and always bountiful
Leaving a harvest of knowledge behind
Going by the signs is a priceless jewel, so beautiful
For planting and canning from a mastermind

When the fog lays stretched across the horizon
Remember a father’s feet hit the ground at dawn
His work never done, even at setting of sun
Leaving his footsteps and pathways to travel upon

 A mother’s calloused hands scrubbing the way she knew
Washing clothes on an old rub board many a day
 Toil and labor for her family only grew and grew
  Love and dedication became her reward in every way

And they set an example of people coming together
On hog butchering days everybody was akin
Neighbors helping neighbors through all kinds of weather
When sickness hit, help was just around the bend

 There’s nothing as spiritual than an old timey meeting
Many a spirit-fed soul is now walking through eternity
 Can’t you still hear those old church bells ringing
Music to our ears, food for our soul through all adversity

 And when we drift far away and travel many miles
Let’s not forget where we came from, our ancestral plan
Our great heritage will surely bring tears and smiles
If we but only go back to where it all began

Seek a cool, green hilltop close to God’s creation
Climb on up and let’s sit a long spell
Mountain hospitality needs no invitation
Believe me, there’s plenty more stories left to tell

© Susie Swanson, 2016

Sorry I haven't been around lately to visit you all but this Tormenting Disease called Hashimoto's Thyroiditis has taken over my body and my life. I miss all of you and will be back as I'm able. Blessings, ~Susie



    Did ever notice the big picture sometimes has a few flaws. The question that follows is, what is wrong with this picture?

    Picture 1. Most Baptists believe you do not have to be baptized to enter into heaven, but you must be baptized to join the Baptist church. What is wrong with this picture?

    Mark 16:16 ...and is baptized shall be saved...(NASB)

    Picture 2. Most Catholics believe that praying to the false god, Baal, is worship, sinful and that Baal cannot answer prayers, however, most Catholics believe praying to the Virgin Mary is not worship, nor is it sinful, and that their prayers will be answered. What wrong with this picture?

    Matthew 4:10 Then Jesus said to him, "Go Satan! For is written, 'You shall worship the Lord your God , and serve Him only."(NASB)

    Picture 3. Mormon's believe there are multiple gods, however, the claim they are Christians. Whats wrong with this picture?

    1 Corinthians 8:6 yet for us, there is but one God, the Father, from whom are all things and we exist for Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we exist through Him.(NASB)

    Picture 4 Many theologians, preachers, and assorted Christians believe once you become a Christian you can continue in a sinful lifestyle, such as fornication, adultery, drunkenness, theft, homosexuality, murderer and still enter into the kingdom of God because once you are saved you can never be lost. What is wrong with this picture?

    1 Corinthians 6:8-11...9..the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God.(NASB)

    Picture 5 Many teach that all church creed books, books of new revelation, books written about God, denominational doctrines, and Bible commentaries are inspired by God. Whats wrong with this picture?

    2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is inspired by God..(NASB)

    If the picture is not clear, perhaps the picture should be looked at using the Bible and the Bible alone!


  2. Beautiful Susie! Hang in there & get well!

  3. Susie you are so talented and I am in love with your poems and stories as a lot of the things you write about I lived.

  4. Very poignant Susie, always enjoy reading your posts!
    I do hope you feel better soon!

  5. Lovely and heartfelt poem, Susie. Thinking of you and hoping you feel better soon.

  6. Hi Susie, I love your poem. Some things you write about ...make me think of my parents. They were raised in the hills of Tennessee. I miss my parents and aunts and uncles. Seems even the friends of our parents have passed on. Hope you are feeling good. I think of you often. Blessings, love, xoxo, Susie