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Farmer’s Prayer

Honey biscuits and sausage gravy,

Tell them, children, to settle and sit,

Its time for grace and there ain’t no maybe’s,

If you’re eating ham hocks, collards, buttered grits.

 

Dear Lord thanks for life in this world,

Family and all,

The preacher on Sundays,

And cider this fall.

 

Thanks for the hens and their big brown eggs,

The goat for her cheese,

The river for catfish,

The apples in fall trees.

 

The fat cow for sweet milk,

The mill pond for fish,

Firewood for a warm rest,

And hand-me-down overalls that actually fit.

 

For the jokes, Uncle Joe always seems to tell,

The hunts we have and coveys of quail,

The sweet tea that Maddy makes on days like this,

And Mammy’s fat biscuits, steamed shrimp, cinnamon twists.

 

Thank you, Lord, for all that you give,

To the sinful souls who sit where we live,

From hearing the prayers that we send to you,

Or calming our hearts from our many fears.

 

We thank you good Lord and simply ask,

That you’d help those families who have far less,

And guide our hands each and every day,

In doing Your tasks as we go on our way.

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Johnny Johnstonhttp://www.blufengr-art.com/
An artist/writer as well as graduate of the University of South Carolina with degrees in journalism/20th Century American Literature, and retired senior executive of several international hotel/resort corporations, Johnny is the product of the south having been raised in the ever-changing transient lifestyle of a Carolina coastal resort. A point where he discovered, within his 300-year-old heritage and the world's dramatic social/cultural shifts during the late '60s to early 80’s an ambitious hunger and overwhelming curiosity to touch, see and become a participant in the virtually unlimited possibilities offered to those who wish for and seek life experiences. A journey which when hearing its details initially makes one a bit skeptical, questioning its validity as it is hard to imagine that incidents such as these may have crossed one man’s lifetime. This is the fodder required to step into zones exposing one's personal inner self, which many of his paintings and the words he writes do, openly. An ability to see and hear the tragic, beautiful, accomplished, exciting journey in a life free of inhibitions allowing others the opportunity to live vicariously and become, through his works, a part of its future. His larger works which have been featured in several Colorado and Fredericksburg Texas galleries and resorts have produced a number of collectors and fans. However, over the years, his paintings are mostly viewed by friends, enthusiastic new artist encountered on the streets or a small number of acquaintances he meets when dining in local cafés with his wife.

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