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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

"Just a Little Smile"

A smile is not apparel
That one puts on to wear
A smile is your initiative
To let all know you care.
 
Yes, while you are attending
A patient’s greatest need
That little bit of curled lip
Is on what they often feed.
 
It isn’t hard; it will not hurt
But many barriers it will break
Yes, and very soon you’ll realize
The short time it does take.
 
Now no two are alike, you’ll find
At times you must increase
Yet when you go and they return
You’ll see that inner peace.
 
Well the time and need will vary
For their problems aren’t the same
Still all will remember your smile
Much quicker than your name.
 
I witnessed this quite personal
When as a patient I did enter
I commend the staff for easing my pain
At Southern Virginia Regional medical Center
 
May God Bless,
Roy E. Schepp
(3/14-3/16) 2017

"Happy Valentine's Day"

The time has come again my dear
To show in some fine way
The love that I have for you
Each and every day.
 
Now you won't tell me what you want
Or what last year I did get
Yes so now I'm in a guessing mode
And haven't thought of it yet.
 
Well I could get  your favorite candy
Or a dozen roses shure would do
Yet I think that I'll get one of both
For I have such love for you
 
I hope your day will be delightful
And to my question don't decline
Yes sweetheart please say you'll always be
My very special Valentine.
 
Roy E. Schepp

"The Last Act"

You may talk to people young and old
Across this nation wide
Ask if they've ever seen a circus
And a yes most will confide.
 
There is no greater entertainment
At an affordable price to pay
Yes and the downfall of the Ringling Bros.
Will be felt my more each day.
 
Now from the early days of childhood
To the adulthood I am near
I've waited patiently along with others
For the circus to come each year.
 
Many young children in our neighborhood
They gave work for several days
We'd help feed and water the elephants
and watch as the tents they raised.
 
They let us have part in their set-up
It mattered not whether lad or lass
Yes and for the little that we did
All received one free pass.
 
Yes just to watch them unloading
Was more excitement than I have found
Than you will find in your travels
Through many a small town.
 
Now they didn't hurt the animals
As certain protestors show aloud
Many which have their dog jerking on a chain
But feel so very snug and proud.
 
Yes we all will miss the Circus
Because something for all it did provide
The clowns in the stands and the trapeze acts above
And standing in line for a camel ride.
 
Roy E. Schepp

"How Much Does a Snowman Weigh?"

Now I am sure that it will vary
In its size and shame and all
Yet id seems that so very little
Caused my large gazebo to fall.
 
Yes it busted the canvas and supports
Almost halfway to the ground
Now I didn't see or hear it
But this is what I found.
 
Well I should have taken it down I guess
Yet I really didn't know
You see in this particular area
It's not noted for deep snow.
 
its a lesson that i learned
And for now I've just despair
Yes every time I go outside
That mess is hanging there.
 
Now it's just material and no one got hurt
It's a blessing that I see
Yet i wonder how many in this wide world
Are just as smart as me!
 
-Roy E. Schepp

"That's Life"

Now I never wrote to Santa Clause
But he seemed to know that I'd been good
You see this year I got more presents
Than I ever thought I would.
 
Yes i even picked up many friends
That I never had before
Yet I lost a few that were hanging around
And now cant find my door.
 
This is the life we all must face
For indeed it's no sure thing
You win some and loose some, but it's not over
Until you hear the fat lady sing.
 
Yes the year went by quite readily
And soon will be no more
The many things I planned to accomplish
I'll still be looking for.
 
Now I never made no resolutions
For it doesn't work for me
I just try to do my very best
And in the end I'll look and see.
 
Yes my Christmas was very special
And once again because of friends
It matters not how a year starts out
The main thing is how it ends.
 
Now G.G. my cat was excited too
with the bed that she got
She like gifts the same as me and you
But to please don't take a lot.
 
Well the New Year is upon us
And what it'll bring we do not know
Yet I for one am hoping that
It will go a little more slow!
 
Roy E. Schepp
 
 

“Holiday Greetings”

Well Christmas time is almost here
And we enhance the joy of giving
Yes the Christ Child that once in a manger lay
Has changed our style of living.
 
Most every yard is lit up
With bright lights for all to see
In most every home somewhere you’ll find
A very special Christmas Tree.
 
Now the presents will be wrapped up
So the gifts they do not show
Yet take it from me, viewing the size and shape
What it is each youngster will know.
 
We try to please each child with toys
For all would like some of those
Still if we would stick to reality
The need is for good warm clothes.
 
The Wisemen three did travel far
Across the open desert sand
Guided only by a star
On their way to a strange land.
 
They were heading off to Bethlehem
Bearing gifts along the way
Searching for a special manger
In which the baby Jesus soon would lay.
 
Now Christians all await Christmas Eve
For then its soon to be Christmas Morn
Yes and through the excitement don’t forget to remind
It’s the day our Savior was born.
 
May all have a blessed Christmas.
 
Roy E. Schepp

"Which Eye Is Closed"

We're tearing down monuments and pulling down flags
So we can forget what used to be
Yet we spend millions on a slavery museum
So our young and newborn can see.
 
If one would open both eyes
They could see this isn't right
You may lay ground for the future
But the past is out of sight.
 
So many know so little
Of what happened way back then
They make up stories to suit their cause
Yet don't know why or when.
 
We're forgetting our poor and homeless
For complaining makes more news
It;s not good to destroy unity
But that is what so many choose.
 
Another day shall pass on by
And from light to dark it'll turn
Yet we;ll still have people on our streets
The facts of life will never learn.
 
Roy E. Schepp

"Do You Have a Cat?"

If you ask this question to the most
Then pay attention to what they say
You'll find so many will say yes
But don't k know where it is today.
 
Now this is the truth without a doubt
And the reasoning isn't hard
Yes if you don't feed them regularly
They will wander to another yard.
 
You can take my word straight to the bank
For on the subject a specialist I be
The past eight years I've caught sixty in my yard
And none of them belonged to me.
 
Well my cat loves me very much
For I feed her every day
Now this is what each one must do
Or you'll create another stray.
 
Now if we could turn them into tourists
The city would be so proud
Yet keeping a cat not spayed or neutered
Should not be allowed.
 
yes each dog requires a license
And each year must get required shots
it might be good to do the same with cats
Causing a cut back in many spots.
 
Now I am an animal lover
But my thoughts on this don't vary
The many cats loose on our city streets
Just how much disease do they carry?
 
Roy E.. Schepp

"Do You Know Lonely?"

Lonely is when no one you see
for days and days on end
no one from your family
and not even a close friend.
 
You can go to any rest home
and this problem will appear
one don't have to be related
they are just glad that you are near.
 
Their faces will all tell a story
and time you will see a smile
you do not need to spend the night
just visit for  a while.
 
Now, all rest homes serve a purpose
with their very special care
yet when there you place a loved one
don't forget that they are there!
 
Yes take the time to visit
for lonely they all are
it shouldn't cause a problem
and most likely its not far.
 
Roy E. Schepp

“Is It Fair”

In traveling one sees lots of things
That to most I’m sure amaze
Yet you wonder how their pets feel
On those overheated days.
 
Now you’re traveling down the freeway
Or on a scenic tour here and about
Well you may be enjoying all you take in
But your pets would like to get out.
 
Well of course it’s an inconvenience
Yet you knew of this ahead
They didn’t need to make this journey
For you could have left at a shelter instead.
 
Yes I’m sure you’d get an earful
If your pets could only talk
Most would like to decide for themselves
When to get up, lay down, or walk.
 
Now they’re not always ready to eat or drink
Just because that’s what you say
Yet you’re responsible and have to try
For form home your now miles away.
 
Yes do yourself a favor of sorts
No matter what you may hear
Give your pets a vacation too
And leave them at home next year!
 
Roy E. Schepp

"It's Our Job"

Remember not so long ago
Of the cold weather we complained
Yes and then it started again
When it seemed it always rained.
 
Well you can still hear those voices
If you stand in the right spot
Once again the weather has changed
and for most it is too hot.
 
We can talk about the weather
Though there's not much we can do
It's just "Mother Natures" way of trying
To please both me and you.
 
Now the weather makes one change their plans
Upon any given day
Yet it's something you must deal with
When you're on vacation far away.
 
Yes it's our job to complain
And we do it very well
Still when our favorite will come around
It's much too hard to tell.
 
Accept it as it is each day
Knowing that it soon could change
then perhaps it will be what you want
For the weather can be strange.
 
Roy E. Schepp

“Heading Off to Nashville”

Yes I’m heading off to Nashville
Or somewhere close to there
You see I’ve now my own guitar
A birthday present beyond compare.
 
It shines so bright it hurts the eyes
Unless you’ve foster grant to shade
Yes and to the “Reunion Band” I have no choice
That my special thanks be made.
 
They are my favorite leave no doubt
And I’m only part of a long list
Now if you’ve bit seen them perform
Then you don’t know what you’ve missed.
 
Yes they sing with special clarity
And when they play don’t miss a beat
I can enjoy them hour after hour
With a soda in my lawn chair seat.
 
The whole group is very friendly
And they’ll take the time for you
Now if you have a special request
They’ll try to do that too.
 
Well they made my birthday quite special
And a lot of extra work it did make
Yet do to the fire chiefs warning
They couldn’t lite the candles on my birthday cake!
 
-Roy E. Schepp

“Mud In Your Eye"

Now this is an old expression
Well known by me an you
Yes this is what when you get when you don’t inspect
When the contractor says he’s through.
 
Well this has happened many times
So it’s really nothing new
The Main Street sidewalk’s a prime example
Now walked on by few.
 
Excitement broke out everywhere
About paving many city streets
Yet when finished it’s a sight to see
Like someone walked on with baseball cleats.
 
Where there used to be a ripple
Sometimes you find another coming through
Yes and unless the sun will melt the asphalt
It won’t be level for a week or two.
 
Yes another grant that has seemed to fail
To accomplish what was supposed to be
You cannot hide the mess-ups here
For if you open your eyes you’ll see.
 
What can we do to prevent this
Just make the leadership aware
Yes it’s time to show the constituency
That for them they really care.
 
-Roy E. Schepp

Just a Bad Taste

Now I’ve had this before
So it’s really nothing new
Yet the crowd for the Babe Ruth Tournament
Seemed quite often to be few.
 
Well it’s true our locals departed
Much sooner than all did hope
Yet support for the program and the kids
Takes on a broader scope.
 
Yes I was astonished to say the least
After our home team was downed
The parents, players and good friends
No longer came around.
 
Well just to compete on this level
Means a lot to all the youth
Yet the roar of the crowd means so much more
If you’re ready for the truth.
 
Now don’t let your child think all is over
Just because they lost the game
In a tournament anything can happen
And the team must share the blame.
 
Yes give credit to the victor
And stand by to cheer along
Now to not support and hang your head
Is without a doubt wrong.
 
-Roy E. Schepp

Select Your Words

We use words for the telling of stories
Or for an opinion to present
Yet these words can’t be retracted
Once a message they have sent.
 
Now words that one uses carelessly
Can distance you from friends
Yes once their words are spoken
It’ll take time to make amends.
 
Many words can be quite powerful
So be careful how you choose
It’s quite alright to make a point
But be sure to not abuse.
 
Some words have a double meaning
So review before you say
You might have intended a compliment
But some could take it a different way.
 
Words can cut just like a knife
And the pain can go quite deep
Sometimes it is better to ignore
So your special friends you’ll keep.
 
Now one can use a dictionary
For in there most you’ll find
Perhaps some may not relate your true feeling
But to all you will sound kind.
 
                                          - Roy E. Schepp

May You Rest in Peace

A year has passed in memories
Of my wife for fifty-four
She was my lover and companion
Until they opened heaven’s door.
 
Now Lory was somewhat quiet
But she had a humorous side
It was in February of nineteen sixty one
That I took her for my bride.
 
We raised four children through these years
Yet they too have gone away
Yes they for an unknown reason
Or if there was; they failed to say.
 
For many years we did travel
Far across this nation wide
Yet each time you saw one of us
The other would be alongside.
 
Well we shared our hopes and wildest dreams
Then in Virginia we settled down
Yes in a small place called Emporia
Now a city, but then a town.
 
We joined St. John Lutheran Church
Where I’m still a member today
Yet the pew beside me is vacant
For the Lord took my Lory away.
 
Yes he took her to a better place
In the Heavens High above
Still I treasure all the memories
And each day send her my love
 
-Roy E. Schepp
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