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1/18/2017 11:26 pm  #1


In memory of my first husband, who was one hell of a man.

In memory of my first husband, who was one hell of a man.

Some thought it strange
that he died on the range
Instead of at home in his bed.

As if he would care
about grass in his hair
even if he was living not dead.

No he died in his home
where he spent his life roaming
he died neath a big open sky.

He died on the ground at least that's
where they found him.
His faithful old horse standing by.

Grazing out on the slopes
were the cattle he roped
And with hot irons branded the name.

Of the ranch he had built
where the big river split
and forked its way over the claim.

He always had said
he'd not die in bed
and if you knew him you'd understand why.

No the way it should be
and the last thing he'd see
was that big wide blue Alberta sky.

~Anon~

I found this poem years ago in a copy of Western Horseman magazine and it was one that my First Husband who was NDN loved so much he hung it on the wall of our old tack room., so when I read it it always reminds me of him as he died beside his painted Buffalo horse out on the range several years ago.

In his cattle herd's were also horses and buffalo, and the Alberta range was his home so I changed one word at the end from Montana to Alberta.

Last edited by Maikan (1/19/2017 1:51 pm)


Religion is for people who are afraid of hell......
Spirituality is for those who have already been there......


 
 

1/19/2017 9:25 am  #2


Re: In memory of my first husband, who was one hell of a man.

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1/19/2017 11:43 am  #3


Re: In memory of my first husband, who was one hell of a man.

Without looking at the thread author .. I knew it was yuou Maiken and tbh I thought you wrote the poem not just altered one word.. It was so very apt..  Whilst you think of him, he remains alive in your heart...

I placed flowers today at my parents grave... It is 5 years this weekend since my mother passed....

Last edited by Star Wolf Medicine Woman (1/19/2017 4:52 pm)


There is a good way,  a bad way, and a better way.  For my path, I choose the better way..
Nicholas Black Elk
 
 

1/19/2017 1:59 pm  #4


Re: In memory of my first husband, who was one hell of a man.

Yes Star he always will live on at least in my miind. I wish I had wrote that poem and I would really like to know the authors name so I could credit them. Saddly All I have is it written out onto a scrap of paper and my husband never wrote down the authors name all I can remember is that it was writen about the authors father.

The magazin  this came from was  way back in the late 80's early 90's so approx twenty years ago. I've repetedly tried looking for the poem and the name of the author but have never had much luck.  Anyhow I really like the poem and think it very apt to my first husband especially the bit about the grass in his hair lol. as he always came home with half the range sticking outta his braid after working with the herds.


Religion is for people who are afraid of hell......
Spirituality is for those who have already been there......


 
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1/19/2017 3:09 pm  #5


Re: In memory of my first husband, who was one hell of a man.

This poem was written by a Native as only they would understand the profound meaning in the words


The spoken word always comes back as whispers in the wind.
 

1/19/2017 4:51 pm  #6


Re: In memory of my first husband, who was one hell of a man.

Well if it was originally written by a 'Native' in Montana it might be Northern Cheyennne or Cros or even Arapaho.. who knows but the sentiment is the same..
 

Last edited by Star Wolf Medicine Woman (1/19/2017 4:54 pm)


There is a good way,  a bad way, and a better way.  For my path, I choose the better way..
Nicholas Black Elk
 
 

1/22/2017 3:54 pm  #7


Re: In memory of my first husband, who was one hell of a man.

That's a very charming poem, thanks for sharing!

 

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