Saturday, February 9, 2013

DEER CAMP ~










When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder




When the roll is called up yonder

And my hunting days are done

Leave me lay out on some hillside

Where the ole red foxes run

Leave me lay back from the hillside

Where the traffic sounds are not

Where the noisy sounds of progress

Cannot reach my resting spot

Make it where no greedy grasping hands

Will reach to grasp their fill

Make it where all greed's a stranger

On some quiet peacefull hill

Make it by a speckled trout stream

On a hill that greets dawn's sun

Where dedicated houdsmen

Will bring their hounds to run

Make it by some hardwood forest

So that in the fall

The colored leaves will caress this spot

Where from the frost they fall

Leave me lay beside the game trail

Where the mightiest whitetail trod

Let it be where just the mightiest

Leave their hoof print in the sod

And make it where the cross winds

Will blow which ever way

It takes to bring the baying sounds

Of the hounds that pass that way

Make it where the warming sunshine

Brings the earliest signs of spring

Leave me lay beside the tallest elm

Where first the robins sing

Make it far back in the country

When to rest you lay me down

Leave me lay there ever after

'Neath the peaceful country sound

- hunter, poet, and songwriter






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from John Miller's
DEER CAMP
(MIT Press 1992)








2 comments:

Luster said...

Bob,

A favorite book, although I don't own it, that I first saw some twenty years ago. Hope your own camp is snug and warm and that the storm passes. The surgeon's knife has done its work and we're working on getting her healed. A few daffodils in the sunny spots.

stay close,
mike

Bob Arnold / Longhouse said...

As you know, Mike, this Deer Camp is the real deal, every page, every photograph hits the nail smack on the head. It isn't easy to pin a hunter down until you get into the camp and there's a secret handshake to get into the camp.

Our daffodils are 4 feet under — two of snow and two of frost line at least right now. See you daffodils in late spring at the rate this morning is going, right now in the eye of the storm. For the moment the wind is sweeping the trees clear. The ground snow gets drifting.

Very good news the hospital visit went well, just what we wanted to hear. . .

all's well, Bob