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Roy E. Schepp

“The Thanksgiving Way”

Did it only happen yesterday
Or perhaps a whole lot more
Whereby you received so many gifts
What you never had before.
 
Now did you just feel deserving
Or look to as a blessing from above
In essence did it help in any way
For you to show your love?
 
Thanksgiving is a day of Grace
That exemplifies to share
A day for you to show the world
How for others you do care.
 
Your cup don’t need to run over
No ample sure will do
Just include someone in the harvest
That may have less than you.
 
Yes open up your eyes and see
There are many with the need
Some for more clothing on their backs
And those who have the lack of feed.
 
It won’t take you a long time
For those in need to find
Yet don’t wait for their gratitude
Just because you were kind.
 
Yes many are quite humble
So will look at as a debt
Still way down deep they’re thankful
And appreciate to get.
 
You give of want and from the heart
And try to be sincere
One never knows in passing time
What you may need next year.
 
                         - Roy E. Schepp

"Will They Finish?"

Had a couple of tourists at my house
though they decided not to stay
you see the streets near by are tore up
and have been for many a day.
 
Now I don't recall any notice
in the paper or on dot com
letting residents know of the hazards
and believe me there are some.
 
You can not utilize the two lanes
for one is like a ditch
yes and after bouncing from hole to hole
it is hard to tell which one is which.
 
Well I'm not against improvements
and when it is time they must be made
yet I hope the City keeps us in mind
when they want out taxes paid.
 
Now some outside help I'd recommend
even with a grant or two
you see the City it bothers not
but it does both me and you.
 
                         - Roy E. Schepp

“A Real Change”

Years back I fixed the broken
or let’s just say I tried
now days it doesn’t make much sense
to all I must confide.
 
You pay for parts or service
which both are now too high
for less than the cost of repairing
you can another buy.
 
They have the warranties figured out
almost unto the day
so to get extended coverage
is a wasted fee to pay.
 
What do we do with all the extra parts
this system does create
we fill up the junkyards and landfills
and they raise your garbage rate.
 
Parts stores will go out of business
for no longer is the need
yes our high tech technology
means more than what you read.
 
So now when something breaks down
I look for a place to throw
for I can buy another cheaper
than to fix it, don’t you know!
 
                         - Roy E. Schepp

“Some Warm Thoughts”

With the temperature being very hot
And the humidity extra high
To find some pleasant entertainment
One really has to try.
 
Now every day is an adventure
So I turn to center stage
I try and do all the things I can
For people of my age.
 
I fixed breakfast on the sidewalk
With my tow eggs over light
Then I fried the strips of bacon
Until it was crispy to the bite.
 
Well the eggs ended they ended up scrambled
When I  tried to make them flip
I shoud have first fixed up the bacon
So the grease would have made them slide.
 
The likes are not impossible
With the heat we’ve had of late
Yet the city didn’t appreciate
The mess I did create.
 
Yes this venture was a wipeout
Outside cooking on my knees
Yet if the temperature continues to rise
I’ll be trying a grilled cheese!
 
                         - Roy E. Schepp

“I’ve Lost It”

It seems I no longer have the passion
For my friends I know in need
Yes I’ve now something of my own
That has come to intercede.
 
I hope they will forgive me
For it’s  not that I don’t care
No it’s just there are sometimes in life
Feelings are hard to share.
 
Now when again I’m able
I’m sure I will return
Yet this has taught me how in life
Each day we live and learn.
 
Yes I never thought that in my time
This would ever happen to me
Still once that I had cleared my eyes
It wasn’t hard to see.
 
The Good Lord let me ride along
For years at a good pace
Then he took my Saddle and my Spurs
So I can no longer race.
 
Well I’ve been Blessed throughout the years
And have no right to complain
Yet I am human so leave no doubt
With me some still remain!
 
                         - Roy E. Schepp

“Almost Home Again”

I took a short vacation
from all the fun that I call work
yes yesterday or the day before
I seemed to have lost my perk.
 
Now I’ve seen doctors almost every where
more then I knew we had
yet still I get those mood swings
the good days and the bad.
 
Your many cards and letters
and the prayers I’ve entertained
I appreciate without a doubt
thought I may have forgot your name.
 
I have one more place to go
and I pray it be my last
yet after you pass thirty nine
it’s just hope that all is past.
 
I know the Lord is with me
yes right here by my side
yet even with His comfort
it’s been a rough ride!
 
                         - Roy E. Schepp
 
(Editor's Note: Welcome Home, Roy. Godspeed on a quick recovery! I hope that you feel much better soon. -Jay)

"Up, Up and Away"

It would be nice to be a Senator or Congressman
if only for one day
just to hop on their new super jet
and go to some special hide-a-way.
 
Yes we put these people in office
after they said they'd look out for us
well they are up there flying
while we're waiting for the bus.
 
Its not just you, but also me
these politicians so impress
yet it seems after each election
we get in a greater mess.
 
Why not a probationary period
like most people have on their jobs
perhaps this would make it a little harder
to get friendly with the capital fobs.
 
What they do on their own we do not know
and what they do for us; it's much later we find
now you may not agree, but in time you shall see
my assessment of them has been too kind.
 
Yes start them all at a minimum wage
and let them earn their keep
I'm sure the Government debt would go down
while you and I are asleep.
 
                         - Roy E. Schepp

“To All the Fathers”

Now some will call him father
While others call him dad
Still some call him by his first name
But wish they never had.
 
Yes 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 will get the credit
For the children he helped bear
Still a fathers not a father
If when needed, he’s not there.
 
The duties of a father
Can make a list from here to there
Yet the most important aspect
Is for the raising 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 aferementioned
You come close in any way
Your are definitely a father
So please enjoy your special day.
 
                         - 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
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 the pain or anguish
those brave 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 the thousands that have died
yes pray for the many wounded
who lost comrades by their side.
 
Now a war is never over
and a battle never won
the loss of lives will e're remain
long after the fighting’s done!
                         - Roy E. Schepp

"Where Did Spring Go?"

Now everywhere the greenery
far as the eye can see
yet where did the spring go
would someone please tell me.
 
Yes spring time with the yet cool nights
though signs that summers coming soon
it could be brisk in early morn
but quite warmed up by noon.
 
The trees were shedding all old leaves
and piles were raked where e're you'd go
yet I being from the Midwest
would wait til the wind did blow.
 
Now I know the neighbors were shouting
though it wasn't really at me
I feel they were just excited
at all the new leaves they'd see.
 
Yes springtime I did really miss
after waiting for a year
lets hope when winter next is gone
that springtime will appear.
 
                         - Roy E. Schepp

"Why"

Why do some call their mother "Ma"
and maybe some use "Mom"
it's because she is so many things
and those two are just some.
 
Yes in early life she nurtured us
and made us quite aware
that in this strange world of growing up
we had somewone to care.
 
She made our meals
and played with us games
yes and at she never put to bed
without kissing us goodnight.
 
Mom took us to practice and the games
and told us to have fun
dad never knew till we got home
whether we lost or won.
 
Each year they have a special day
and this is rightly so
yes when dad is busy or at work
to who else could we go.
 
A mom shouldn't have to wonder
how you feel about her each day
so take the time and tell her
a very small price to pay
 
                         - Roy E. Schepp

“Wake Up Call”

Yesterday I passed a large vacant lot
though I can’t tell you where
you see if the city finds out about this
they’ll want to put a hotel there.
 
Now we’ve already the accommodations
for the tired tourist trade at night
worn down from listening to the whistle blow
and trips to the park to fly their kite.
 
Just drive around our city
and see the presence of decay
they’re opening up small stores everywhere
but few of them will stay.
 
The most won’t show a profit
for the rent is much too high
perhaps the need to compromise
or the willingness to try.
 
The signs all tell the story
and are in our tourist view
for sale, for rent and moving
plus going out of business too.
 
Now some time ago I mentioned
about my friends, Billy Bob and Sally
they stayed one night; then told their friends don’t stop
for they have no bowling alley.

 

 
                         - Roy E. Schepp

"Pass the Patience"

Now patience hath no young boy
at least so I've been told
yet patience may be the last remain
when like me; you do get old.
 
Yes patience for at least to try
doing things you done well before
then there's patience just to move around
for it now takes a while more.
 
Patience with all of your friendships
for those once close; may now seem strange
yes during the length of time gone by
some of them did also change.
 
Have patience with your aches and pains
that may follow you each day
your strength and body of the past
has no quarantee to stay.
 
Always be patient with those around you
for the most don't understand
yet one day they'll be in your boat
and rowing with one hand.
 
                         - Roy E. Schepp

“(Weather)-2 (Farmers)-1”

One can wager on your favorite team
and there might be times you win
yet if you bet on the weather
your chances are real thin.
 
Yes the weather changes often
leaving many farmers sick
it matters not the crop abundance
if the fields are too slick.
 
It’s a challenge for most of them
needing rain when it is dry
then when it’s time to harvest
it’s too wet to even try.
 
One must give the farmers credit
for all the obstacles they face
each and every year they enter
but only a few will win the race.
 
Farmers never know the ending
though all may start quite well
yes from day to day and year to year
the weather casts its spell.
 
Now the farmer is the backbone
of the good ole U.S.A.
yet the government and the weather
determines what he does every day.
 
                         - Roy E. Schepp

"Looking Past the Problem

I read an article the other day
that should open up some eyes
explaining why you can’t blame motorists
for each pedestrian that dies.
 
Now all of us have problems
no matter what we say
yet laws have to be written
for each one to obey.
 
Using cell phone is a car or truck
you still have some control
still steering a bicycle with just one hand
hit a bump and away you go.
 
Now Pedestrians pop out from the side of the highway
so very much like deer
you don’t know which way they’re headed
until you are quite near.
 
Very seldom do they look both ways
to check if all is clear
no most enter the highway; with their head down
and a cell phone in their ear!
 
                         - Roy E. Schepp

“Wake Up Time”

From whom do we collect taxes
When our citizens move away
Yes and what incentive do we use
To encourage them to stay.
 
There is constant talk of tourism
And the Big Role it could play
Then we closed that gate on thousands
When the Pork Festival went astray.
 
Now it would be nice if you got what you wanted
Then we all would join in for a cheer
Yet may I suggest in the mean time
To do something for those that live here.
 
We need to go out of town for good shopping
And to get a good meal as well
Yes that is where I see the most of you
Though you know that I won’t tell.
 
You’re filling up the vacant stores
With things we do not need
Yet what about the recreation
That would be good indeed.
I’m certain there are ways and means
For the problems we have to solve
Still if we don’t take action now
More trouble it will involve.
 
                    Roy E. Schepp

“Do We Need Outside Help”

I found a phone number the other day
but I didn’t know whose it was
well I thought ig over for a minute or two
then I gave it one long buzz.
 
Now I know it rang once or twice
then a knock came to my door
they said they’re from problem solvers
yet had never been here before.
 
They said if you have a problem
first you have got to explain
then they will call people in the know
and they even work in the rain.
 
Well the Council all have telephones
and indeed it is worth a try
why not ask them to call problem solvers
before another year goes by.
 
Well we must not have the skilled labors
that problem solvers so rely
yes or why can they not fix a pothole
somewhere before the third try.
 
The spring is almost upon us
and summer just around the bend
yet our buildings and streets are still messed up
what is the message we send.
 
Now the boarded up buildings with broken windows
has for long been a dreadful sight
if they can’t find a law of who fixes
find the owner before he takes flight.
 
Well thank you tourists for once more stopping here
at least to spend the night
if and when Council calls problem solvers
maybe next year we’ll be rid of the blight.
 
                         Roy E. Schepp

“Pesky Varmints”

A mole has a very hard nose
to help it burrow underground
leaving those ugly ridges
which in our lawns are found.
 
Moles tunnel beneath the surface
searching for grubs and insects too
in a way not too well thought of
but they do it for me and you.
 
They help aerate the soil
which for so long has been packed
leaving their trails everywhere
looking like the dirt was stacked.
 
Then they’ll travel through the freeway
or thru the tunnels if you will
eating grubs and other insects
until they get their fill.
 
Yes they eat the grubs that eat the roots
of the grass seed we have sown
they also eat many of the insects
that chew the leaves from the plants half grown.
 
Now the vole is so much different
in oh so many ways
they will jump around like a kangaroo
and can make you laugh for days.
 
The humor in their presence
won’t last for very long
just take one look at your flower beds
and you’ll wonder what went wrong.
 
Yes voles eat the flower bulbs you plant
leaving open spaces galore
your flower garden won’t shine so bright
unless you plant some more.
 
Now the moles a pest to say the least
but they’re mainly just passing thru
yet the vole will take up residence
and spend many months with you.
 
Under thick mulch beds; or mounds of leaves
they can for long survive
making sure that they are present
when your first spring bulbs arrive.
 
You can catch a vole with a mouse trap
and for the mole , just dig a deep hole
just don’t give up on the first try
it takes patience don’t you know.
 
          Roy E. Schepp

"Be My Valentine"

It seems like I have waited forever
for this special day to come
I have some words to say to you
and I'm sure that you have some.
 
We've known each other for so long
yet time has went swiftly by
I've seen you smile with pure delight
and have also seen you cry.
 
Yes life goes on with our 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 that 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 that you know but I will remind
that I do truly care.
 
Yet I still have one question
for this sweet love of mine
tell me darling you'll say yes
and be my Valentine!
 
                    Roy E. Schepp

“A Wealth Unknown”

For many years I traveled
far across the USA
stopping for a week, a month
yet sometimes just a day.
 
I’ve seen majestic mountains
and valleys rich below
yes no where that I ever went
God’s greatness didn’t show.
 
The beauty of the meadows
with flowers along the brook
now to appreciate creation
all one has to do is look.
 
Nature provides a wealth unknown
with butterflies, birds and bees
it can make one of true conviction
fall humbly to their knees.
 
Take the time for to enjoy
it’s there for all to share
walking thru the fields and woodlands
or just breathing mountain air.
 
The value it is priceless
so give thanks to God above
yes all this beauty was created
while showing us His love.
 
                              Roy E. Schepp

"Time to Change"

Whatever happened to the many days
that constitute a year
I know some are surely missing
for soon a new ones here.
 
I put away my resolutions list
a good long while ago
now just where I did put it
I really do not know.
 
Now I started many things for sure
and I finished one or two
yet guessing now what was on the list
I don’t think that I could do.
 
I’m told this is a good thing
but you have to do it right
yes and for me I think it would be best
to hold the list in one hand quite tight.
 
Well there is no cause to worry
for these things won’t go away
I only hope after my travel and hunting
that I’ll find me another free day.
 
Happy New Year to one and all.
 
                         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

“I Found Snow”

Snow flurries were just everywhere
as far as one could see
I thought my prayers were answered
and a white Christmas it would be.
 
I had just finished polishing my skis
for they thought we’d get a heap
yes and skiing is so much more fun
when the snow is really deep.
 
Many don’t realize how great it is
going down a big steep hill
just knowing there is always a chance
you could take quite a spill.
 
Well then it stopped coming down
the reason I don’t know
yet while it fluttered from the sky
one did see quite a show.
 
Yes my skiing it was ended
long before I found a hill
I guess living in the Southland
has put my chances close to nil.
 
Still I called my older sister in Wisconsin
sometime the very next day
I let her know little brother had found some snow
over a thousand miles away!
 
                         Roy E. Schepp

“Give it a Try”

Christmas soon will be here
and just so we don’t regret
think of all the many presents
that for our family get.
 
Yes add that puzzle book for Tommy
and a doll for his sister Sue
perhaps you’ll realize at least this year
that all their other gifts will do.
 
Just make a list of the take aways
that they can do without
then think of all the disaster victims
in and around about.
 
Yes many people all around us
were waiting for Christmas too
yet the perils of a lifetime struck
and there was nothing they could do.
 
Now we cannot change what happened
but now so many will have none
unless we do the right thing
and from Tommy’s and Sue’s list take back one.
 
Explain to them the reasoning
and the most will understand
yes and you will feel better too
for lending all a hand.
 
                                  Roy E. Schepp

"Give Thanks"

Be thankful 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

“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

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