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Roy E. Schepp

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“We Don’t Know”

Yes we know not the condition
of our relatives and friends
a sneeky peek at hear say
is where our knowledge ends.
 
I saw a friend the other day
I had not seen for a while
when I told him of my problems
all he did was smile.
 
Yes it seemed that in our time away
he encountered much of the same
the only thing different I do recall
was the doctors and hospital name.
 
You see the most have problems
as the days of life go on
so be careful before you start singing
that feel sorry for me song.
 
I’ve seen this more and more since then
so more cautious I try to be
yes the person who might look quite well
could be hurting more than me.
 
Now looks can be deceiving
so be careful what you might say
yet it seems to me it is quite safe
to part with “have a nice day.”

Roy E. Schepp

“Just a Housewife”

I think there’s an illusion
in today’s status quo
whereby a college degree
depicts what you know.
 
You see I am a housewife
just simple and plain
I’ve no shingle to hang
embossed with my name.
 
My job though rewarding
starts early each day
I help two of my children
for school get away.
 
Then my next step is breakfast
for that husband of mine
yes he needs my assistance
to reach work on time.
 
Now that everyone’s gone
I can take a short break
then a cry from the nursery
means the babys awake.
 
A quick change is needed
and then some powder to dry
then I refill her bottle
and it’s sleepy time bye.
 
Now it’s off to the kid’s room
to make up their bed
then I out clothes in the washer
and do the dishes I dred.
 
Well it’s lunchtime already
and have the baby to feed
then I make out my list
for the groceries we need.
 
I then get out the stroller
for they say it is wise
to push the baby to market
for your exercise.
 
The shopping all finished
and put the baby to bed
yes and I made shacks for the children
with their favorite spred.
 
Now soon after I’ve vacuumed
and dusted once m ore
the children from school
come through the front door.
 
The sound of their voices
I knew the baby would wake
so outside I sent them
and put on the steak.
 
It was later than usual
when my husband arrived
yet thanks to the snacks
the children survived.
 
Now dinner is all finished
so the dishes I’ll stack
knowing tomorrow at seven
I’m sure to be back.
 
Yes I’m an occupation Housewife
though I’ll make it quite clear
I’m not just a housewife
but a Household Engineer!
 
                    Roy E. Schepp

"What Parade"

Lots of peanuts and wrapped candy
did away with our big parade
there was nothing that showed to be creative
like when those big beautiful floats were made.
 
I think I saw enough cars and trucks
to fill up most parking lots
yes and I saw children hanging on to tailgates
in far too many spots.
 
We used to have some bands that played
and marchers that could march
the uniforms that most did wear
needed a bit more starch.
 
What used to be a tribute
to the peanut farmers for whom we care
has turned into an election line
with politician cars everywhere.
 
I think a feasibility study is in order
to see which way you’re going
if this is a tribute to our farmers
you have a funny way of showing.
 
                             Roy E. Schepp

"Good Ole Grandma"

Has anyone asked Grandma
well you all know that you should
yes if anyone will help you
you know that Grandma would.
 
Yes Grandmas they are everywhere
to guide us through each day
if they are ever needed
they are only a step away.
 
You sometimes wonder who’s in charge
of the house that you live in
well if you bet on Grandma
you most likely will win.
 
Now Grandmas give out lots of love
but they like some in return
yes if you don’t do your part
in a short time you will learn.
 
They say Grandmas don’t have favorites
so they will treat all just the same
yet Grandma will work around this
and give each one her special time.
 
Now hos come Grandmas still awake
when we have all gone to bed
it proves the fact she in is charge
just like before I said!
 
                    Roy E. Schepp

"Just Two More Miles'

Yes if just two more miles
of flowers we would plant
I'm sure the city could apply
for an agriculture grant.
 
We then could have open conventions
to be held here every year
just by supplying Pretzels and Peanuts
along with cold Virginia beer.
 
The schools could have; Name the Flower Field Trips
and see who gets the most right
Award them with a passing grade maybe
or no homework for that night.
 
Yes you can not stop to enjoy them
for a lot of traffic is in the way
still if they put them all around the bowling alley
they could have a huge display.
 
Well they certainly do have ample help
and have lowered the unemployment I've found
yet since they borrowed some from the trash detail
our waste is blowing all around.
 
                    Roy E. Schepp

"The Nature Walk"

I looked down from the hilltop
to the valley far below
just to watch the bubbling water
of the stream which did there flow.
 
Now I couldn't see the fish or turtles
though I knew that they were there
yet when you're enjoying nature
you don't need to sicht to care.
 
Yes I am a true nature lover
and do enjoy whate're I see
a walk through the fields and forest
can give a piece of mind to me.
 
A nature walk can do wonders
clense stressful thoughts from mind
yes and the aderenaline keeps flowing
from not knowing what you'll see.
 
One does not have to hurry
it's better to take time and enjoy
now this info is from experience
of when yet a little boy.
 
Now just put it in your schedule
take the time for to explore
I assure you if you once attempt
your want will be for more.
 
                    Roy E. Schepp

"Just Wait"

Yes wait is known by Everyone
no matter what the age
it's not a profound movement
but really just a stage.
 
We all wait to see the doctor
and for our favorite T. V. show
It does rarely mean forever
yet for now we cannot go.
 
The world becomes a standstill
as we while away the time
to anticipate how things will be
is like watching a mime.
 
To wait puts everything on hold
all thoughts and hopes or dreams
yet some waiting helps improve
but that's just how it seems.
 
Waiting's played a stellar part
in our life throuought the years
sometimes it brought joy and excitement
thought other times brought tears.
 
Yes hurry up and wait ole friend
there is nothing else to do
just remember if I must wait in line
it's only right you do!
 
         Roy E. Schepp

"Look Up"

Do you look up towards the heavens
after you do solemnly pray
well that is where the rain comes from
and it's always been that way.
 
Yes it's not the weather channel
where they play their guessing game
that decides just who will soon get wet
while others remain the same.
 
Now the farmers are quite patient
immensely more than I could be
they know what's needed to suatain their crops
yet can only wait and see.
 
Each year is very much the same
and their hours never end
the sunshine most is ample
still the rain the Lord must send.
 
Now the farmer tils the soil
and then does plant the seed
in hopes the crops will flourish
for our big world to feed.
 
Yes so say a prayer for a farmer
you need not know his name
the efforts of his toil each day
is not a simple game.
 
                    Roy E. Schepp

"There Must Be Some Mistake"

We are rated third in City Planning
and fourth for a business to build
this is a lot like when I go hunting
I saw five; but none were killed.
 
Our schools are rated very low
and the teacher's pay is lower yet
we talk constant of improvements
but how many do we get.
 
Just look at our entertainment
I mean past the city park
you can't rely on it alone
for half the year it's dark.
 
Now we can get another quickie
or perhaps an antique store
yet if you want tourists to come in
believe me you need more.
 
You still have room for the bowling alley
which really is over due
yes something exciting for the tourist
so they kon't just keep passing through.
 
It seems our present leaders
do not care about a change
yes it may take the next election
for some thoughts to be rearranged.
 
                                              Roy E. Schepp

"Far North and Back"

The miles seemed guite endless
as I traveled in my car
yes eleven hundred and still counting
is well and deed quite far.
 
I went to visit with family
and also some close friends
now for this I  may be too old
but the want it never ends.
 
Now all seemed in the best of health
if you should consider age
yet I can't dwell upon this
for I'm on the same page.
 
Well these trips are now less frequent
and my doctor will intercede
he not only wants a reason for
but sometimes great must b e the need.
 
Spending time wisiting with family
is that how it should be
now up rhere they are quite close
but down here theres just me.
 
The next one is in the planning
yet I'm sure it is quite far off
yes I must build up my strength a bit
and somehow loose this cough!
 
Roy E. Schepp
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"Ode to the Fathers"

Now some will call him Father
while others call him Dad
still some call by his first name
but wish they never had.
 
Yea a father is an elite position
and should be treated with respect
in the same thought all the fathers
should never show neglect.
 
A father witll get the credit
for the children he helped bear
still a fathers not a gather
if when needed, he's not there.
 
The duties of a father
can make a list from here to there
yet the most improtant aspect
is for raising the chores to share.
 
In the home life a father is needed
around the campfire so to speak
solving problems before they materialize
and ever reach their peak
 
Now if in the aforementioned
youcome close in any way
yor are definetly a father
so please enjoy your special day.
 
Roy E. Schepp

"Our Flag"

She's held proudly front and center
as the marching band comes down the street
yes and we feast our eues upon her
at every athletic feat.
 
Her presence depicts honor
and brings glory to the meek
in the present and past ages
of the freedom that we seek.
 
From atop the highest flagpole
with the stars and stripes unfurlled
we have made a declaration
to have peace throughout the world.
 
Our flags flown over our nation
through os so many wars
letting our foes know we're united
with all our military corps.
 
Some contend she is Old Glory
others may the Stars and Stripes
yet in essence it spells freedom
we enjoy all days and nights.
 
Let her colors fly forever
yes the red, the white and ble
sho respect when in her presence
it is the tight thing to do!
 
Roy E. Schepp

"Memorial Day"

It's a day set aside for remembering
those who before and after have went
fighting for the need of our country
wherever they might be sent.
 
Men and women, young and old
It mattered not you see
a highly trained military military
trying to keep us free.
 
They have fought in strange surroundings
and many lives have been lost
now some were only wounded
but for us, still paid the cost.
 
One can't feel pain or anguish
these men and women all went through
yet we can honor them for what they did
for the freedom of me and you.
 
We can hold in our hearts the memories
of thousands that have died
yes and pray for the many wounded
who lost comarades by their side.
 
Now war is never over
and battle never won
the loss of the lives ere will remain
long after the fighting's done.
 
Roy E. Schepp

"We Can Do It!"

Yes, lets all protest together
about our sad and dreary life
just forget about the children,
faithful husband; and gracious wife.
 
Don't remember your friends and neighbors
though the numbrs do increase
fighting battles in some foreign land
so we may live in peace.
 
Yes and what about that one that took the job
you didn't want to do
he is still working steadily
and that could have been you.
 
I think we've convinced our leaders
and those who one day will do the same
our students will graduate with honors
if we only change the schools name.
 
With this one we have a problem
for history you do not change
the good, the bad or the ugly
you can only rearrange.
 
Give our protest money to the teachers
that should make up a good raise
yes nd if they can teach the students how to use a pencil
offer them some extra praise.
 
Roy E.Schepp

"Ma-Ma Said"

When Ma-Ma said; we listened
for wisdom was her game
this showed up in our livelyhood
when adults we bacame.
 
She was always there to protect us
and keep us from all harm
yes and many were the day
I fell asleep on Mother's arm.
 
Now Ma-Ma fixed the food for everyone
from sunrise til sunset
she then washed clothes and cleaned each room
though her work wasn't finished yet.
 
No Ma-Ma still had to read a story
and show us games to play
when we went to be all were quite tired
yet for Ma-Ma just another day.
 
Yes show your love for Ma-Ma
and all the things that she did do
don't stop with a one day "Mother's Day"
why not make it two.
 
Roy E. Schepp

"G. G. Hunter"

to all you out there with a pet
I ask that you listen up
it matters not if it's a kitten
or a pup.
 
They will not live forever
though at times this may seem
yes in all reality
this is but a dream.
 
Now they are a great companion
and all will return your love
yet don't forget what's written
in the paragraph above.
 
Well I had a cat named G. G.
and I thought she would forever be
now it seems the Lord did need her
a little more than me.
 
The Vet told me there was nothing else
that for her he could do
so I took her home and held on my lap
repeating that my love was true.
 
She look up like she understood
and snuggled in real tight
well the one I was counting on forever
did pass away that night.
 
Well for all the love I gave her
I got it back two-fold
yes and I learned about forever
before I got to old.
 
Roy E. Schepp

"Squirrel Hunting 101"

I think it was last Tuesday
or somewhere there avout
my feelings toward my squirrel guide
were giving me some doubt.
 
Now they run across the highway
and will leap from tree to teree
yet where my guides been taking me
none of this I see.
 
Once in a while he'll get one
and his bounty he will share
still it always makes me wonder
how long that it was there.
 
I will admit his rate is low
compared to others I have tried
yet why is it where e're we go
from me they seem to hide.
 
Now my guides a better shooter
Than I will ever be
still when he gets my age on
how much we all shall see.
 
I do not want to loose him
for he is a long time friend
yet if he wants to get his fee
this drought had better end.
 
Roy E. Schepp

"Be My Valentine"

It seems that I have waited
For ever for this day to come
I have some words to say to you
And I'm sure that you have some.
 
We've been together for so long
Yet the times went swiftly bye
I've seen you smile with pure delight
And have also seen you cry.
 
Yes life goes on with or without
Us making special plans
It's best that we some patience show
And the rest leave in God's hands.
 
I've loved you from the very start
And more and more each day
It seems like you do feel the same
For you sure do act that way.
 
You are quite special in my life
And with you I love to share
I'm sure you know, but I will remind
That I do truly care.
 
Yet I still have one questin
For this sweet love of mine
Tell me darling you'll say yes
And be my Valentine.
 
Roy E. Schepp

"Happy New Year"

The New Year is upon us
and due for to unfold
yet do not get your wishes too high
at least I have been told.
 
Yes wishes do for many
to extend their hopeful ways
still you'll find for the most of us
it works the same with rainy days.
 
Now I made a list of things to do
for the year the just went by
well I searched everywhere but couldn't find
and even my cat does not know why.
 
Yet one needs to put a limit
on things you plan to do
that way you'll feell much better
if you acomplish but a few.
 
Yes review your need to do list
and with caution please take heed
you've listed many things to do
of which you do not need.
 
Now don't put off for tomorrow
things you should do today
yet make time in your schedule
to pelax, enjoy and play.
 
I close out with a great big wish
for one and all of you
may you find peace and love in you hearts
this entire new year through.
 
Roy E. Schepp

“A Christmas Story”

Many listen for the sleigh bells
That in a far off distance ring
Yet others shout Hosanna’s
For the new born Savior King.
 
Now Christmas day is celebrated
In many a varied way
For the Christian it’s quite religious
But with non-believers, just a holiday.
 
The Wise Men traveled to Bethlehem
Just guided by a star
They were bearing gifts for the Baby Jesus
Which all brought from afar.
 
Today most rely on Santa Claus
And his reindeer overhead
The principal is much the same
But they’re store bought gifts instead.
 
Yes the stores put out their welcome mat
Two months before Christmas day
Trying to help us fill our shopping list
In a most beneficial way.
 
We all help them with their efforts
For the needs are much abused
In the corner of room number three you’ll find
Some toys that haven’t been used.
 
Just throw away the want list
And to all little children bring
Clothes that will keep them all warm
Until the first breath of spring.
 
On Christmas Eve, fill up all the stockings
So all is ready for Christmas morn
Yes and while opening presents take time to remind
That today the Christ Child was born.
 
Roy E. Schepp

“Where Did They Go?’

Where did all the colors go
One used to wear with pride
You used to see them everywhere
In the stands on either side.
 
The uniforms now on the field
Do no longer represent
True colors of your alma-mater
No matter where you went.
 
Yes it used to spur your ego
When you knew from where they came
They had beat you good for many years
But lately you’ve won some.
 
Now you let them see your colors
Which you proudly do display
Hoping when the game is through
A win might come your way.
 
Well who has changed the color code
I know no one asked me
When something serves so very many
Why can’t they let it be?
 
Roy E. Schepp

"Give Thanks"

Be thanksful for your blessings
As you count them one by one
It will be quite off believe me
If you find that you have none.
 
Some have many, some have less
Though I feel you'll find it true
You have things for to be thankful
That you mighe never knew.
 
You have the freedom for to travel
And peace which does protect
There are friends and neighbors down the street
That treat you with respect.
 
Being rich or poor doesn't determine
The quality of ones life
It's the love of your children and grandchildren
Your husband or your wife.
 
There are times that you will hunger
And others your cup will overflow
Thank the lord that you're still living
For the ending se don't know.
 
Take the time on this Thanksgiving
For to do a quick review
Find the thanks in the life you're living
And may God bless all of you.
 
-Roy E. Schepp

"All Are Heroes"

Do not judge the soldier's valor
By the medals they have won
many loose their lives or members
Long before the battle's won.
 
Instead treat them all as heroes
Dedicated one and all
Fighting for our country's freedom
Fearing not what might befall.
 
Comfort all that feel the trauma
Give hand to all those in need
Show respect for all the branches
For we need them all indeed.
 
Pray for his and her encounters
Knowing none shall be the same
Faith and trust will sure be needed
Because keeping peace is not a game.
 
Make a bond with those around you
Show them all you really care
We're indebted for the freedom
They have given me and you.
 
Roy E. Schepp
Emporia, Virginia

(Hey Mam-ma) - “I Can’t Dance”

Whenever I do the simple Two Step
I end up with three feet
Yes and halfway through the Electric Slide
Somehow I lose the beat.
 
Now I really like the fast dance
And the moves that some can make
Yet I haven’t found the courage
That doing this would take.
 
Yes dancing can be lots of fun
For family friends and all
Still keep your mind on what you’re doing
To avoid an unexpected fall.
 
Now from time to time I fake it
Bending low with both my knees
Hoping my partner will give me
Just one big extra squeeze.
 
Well for sure I’ve grown older now
Though still not o’er the hill
Yes I just need to practice
And for this you know I will!
 
Roy E. Schepp
Emporia, Virginia

"Explain to the Kids"

How do so many people
That claim to be so wise
Come to us with their decisions
Then holler back with suprise!
 
Well the south trys putting down the north
So this time their side I'll take
Just to show you it matters not where you live
But what common sense you make.
 
The south has found its schools are pitiful
Both the buildings and education in decay
Yet our local leaders haven't a clue
To regroup how will they pay.
 
Now the problem didn't start yesterday
Its been around for quite a while
Yes several administrations saw it go down
Yet the best they could do was smile.
 
There's no doubt that we'll need money
In fact most likely lots
Still we can't go the the end of the rainbow
and pick up those big pots.
 
Now I'm not saying we can't do this
though our children will suffer til we do
Yes the money is needed to complete this job
Not for the many projects quite new.
 
The slavery museum and celetery clean up
Are wants that shouldn't overcede
It is far more important for each child around
To get the education they need.
 
Your talk of  moving statues and flags
Is brought on by an unknown amount
It might be wise to find a supervisor
that can do an actual count.
 
Yes you have started many new projects
Yet to finish one might be nice
It does little good to start another
Until you've raised the first ones price.
 
Roy E. Schepp

Let OLE Glory Fly

No greater sight can we behold
Than our own Red, White and Blue
Yes unfurling from a pole top
Noting freedm for me and you.
 
We owe this display to all the veterans
Who have fought on thru the years
In their dedicataion lives were lost
and many familews frought to tears
 
Yes we fly the flag with deeoest respect
For our soldiers then and now
Yet sometined we don't do justice
Not by flying it but how.
 
We take our car fast the the shop
If it seems to need repair
Still I know of a flag that's seem by most
Waving shredded in the air.
 
Now I don't know the procedure
But there must be some nice way
One could ask the before mentioned
To change the flag they've on display.
 
I'm sure it's not intended
And to their knowledge might not know
Yet I hope soon it's discovered
So our Stars and Stripes will flow.
 
Roy E. Schepp

Happy Father's Day (Do You Qualify)

Are you there when e're you're needed
reaching out before the fall
making sure you show no favorites
but treat equal one and all.
 
Can you see ahead when it is best
to kindky step aside
knowing that if they can't work it out
in you they will confide.
 
Yes there's times you must show patience
pay attentuon from afar
sometimes children need that extra space
to respect just who you are.
 
You must show them that you love them
through words alone don't pass the test
a nice compliment won't hurt the cause
but a special hug is best.
 
Now some won't call you Father
yet that is not so bad
you see if you pass the test above
you're a very special dad.
 
Happy Father's Day to all.
 
Roy E. Schepp

(Mother) "Can You Hear Me?"

From the well lit sky below
Or when the bit full moons above
Did you know that I still miss you
And keep trying to send you my love?
 
Yes I miss you when the morning comes
And all throughout the day
We never talked if all went bad
That things would be this way.
 
Now I was the youngest son you had
And or me you said you'd stay
Well things it seems sure changed a lot
Or how did you get away.
 
Yes I was moving in for one more hug
So I could hold you oh so tight
My sister said she has gone away
And won't be back tonight.
 
Well I knew the lord would need you
And in time I'd have to share
Yet I didn't want you leaving
Before I could show my care.
 
Yes you were the greatest of Mothers
For me you did not fail
When you're on break from your Heavenly Grace
Don't forget to read your e-mail!
 
Roy E. Schepp

"One Breath Away"

Just a breath away without knowing
The fate you may soon deplore
One breath away without knowing
If the Lord wil give you more.
 
I was found in this very condition
Though not knowing really why
Yes I couldn't find that second breath
No matter How I'd try.
 
Well they found a blockage in my heart
And knew this would relate
Yet more important were my heart values
Some pumping early and others late.
 
They shipped me out of town reall fast
It was neerly in the night
The senic scenes one often sees
Were from my view of flight.
 
I was told it would be easy
For so many had went on before
Yet don't believe for a minute
Until you're in and out that door.
 
Nine days of laying
In some contorted way
That easy bit that i waas told
I'm reminded of each day.
 
Now blessed was the surgeon
and to have the good Lord standing by
Yet I falied my religious conviction
For each day I would ask why!
 
Roy E. Schepp
 

A Poem for the Poet

Our friend Roy E. Schepp is a bit under the weather, and while we pray for a speedy recovery, a reader offered this poem for Roy:

Hope that your heart
Gets fixed good as new
Cause no one writes poems
Quite like you

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