“I Am (and) I Cried”
I am from Noble, Oklahoma—
the grandson of an 1889 land rush pioneer,
the son of a carpenter, farmer, and dairyman,
and a very traditional stay-at-home mom.
I am from the farm, dirt, cows, chickens and pigs,
blackjacks and scrub oak,
red clay and Boomer Sooner,
alfalfa fields, orchards, and gardens;
a two hole privy, and a two-room school house.
I am from graveled roads and small town America,
Noble High School,
and a graduating class of fifty.
I am from Baptist roots, colleges, seminaries, and missions;
the U.S. Army chaplaincy,
and a Christian Church (DOC) embrace.
I am from the values of home,
And I am sustained by—
the love of God,
Susan and Stephanie,
Jordan, Lindsay, Clarissa,
Khris, Trey, Gage,
In the words of the Apostle Paul,
“By the grace of God,
“I am what I am” (I Corinthians 15:10)—
Now, I am retiring.
What a ride.
“I am (and) I cried” (Neil Diamond; change in emphasis, mine).
Posted on Wed, April 27, 2016
by Micah James