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This God Beloved Land

 

This "God forsaken land" they call it.  And gaze with pitying eye.  "Nothing here but sand and sagebrush, and a vast expanse of sky.

 

"We don't know how you stand it", these city folks declare.  "How do you make a living, you can't just live on air.

 

Well, we could tell them of our ranches, where great heards of cattle roam.  Or of the flocks of woolies, that claim Wyoming for their home.

 

They may not see our fertile valleys with their fields of hay and grain.  But nestling there among the hills, we have them just the same.

 

This "loneliness" they talk about, to us is God's own peace.  There's so much beauty all around, our thanks shall never cease.

 

Our streams are full of Rainbow Trout.  We've antelope, elk and deer.  We're a mile up nearer to Heaven, and the air is pure and clear.

 

Our sunsets glow with color, and in the pearly dawn of morn',  the pungent scent of sage drifts down on wind that's mountain born.

 

We don't know much of city life or where they seek God there.  But we do know in Wyoming, that we find him everywhere.

 

So we'll leave them to their cities, where the living is so grand.  And we'll stay in our Wyoming, in our God Beloved Land.

 

 

~ Ray Lowe

 

 

This God Beloved Land

 

This "God forsaken land" they call it.  And gaze with pitying eye.  "Nothing here but sand and sagebrush, and a vast expanse of sky.

 

"We don't know how you stand it", these city folks declare.  "How do you make a living, you can't just live on air.

 

Well, we could tell them of our ranches, where great heards of cattle roam.  Or of the flocks of woolies, that claim Wyoming for their home.

 

They may not see our fertile valleys with their fields of hay and grain.  But nestling there among the hills, we have them just the same.

 

This "loneliness" they talk about, to us is God's own peace.  There's so much beauty all around, our thanks shall never cease.

 

Our streams are full of Rainbow Trout.  We've antelope, elk and deer.  We're a mile up nearer to Heaven, and the air is pure and clear.

 

Our sunsets glow with color, and in the pearly dawn of morn',  the pungent scent of sage drifts down on wind that's mountain born.

 

We don't know much of city life or where they seek God there.  But we do know in Wyoming, that we find him everywhere.

 

So we'll leave them to their cities, where the living is so grand.  And we'll stay in our Wyoming, in our God Beloved Land.

 

 

~ Ray Lowe

 

 

comments (30)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 1 Aug 2012, 00:27
Big sky over what seems to be a big Land, Elizabeth.

Old Ray seems to like the place, heh!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Come on over for a visit! How much does this look like parts of Australia?
Pretty well my sentiments about our own little "big country, big skies" of East Anglia, Elizabeth. (Elk and antelope are a bit thin on the ground, though!)
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I am in love with the American West! What do you have... sheep - I know you have sheep! Gophers and cottontails?! smile
a beautiful poem Elizabeth and a most fitting image to go with. we could all use with some more of the vast expanse of sky!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks so much Ayush! I've always loved that poem!
I like what Ray Lowe had to say about this land Ellie... this is a great panorama with a lot of beauty to look at....petersmile
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you Peter - He summed it up well for us. thank you!
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet
  • 1 Aug 2012, 05:25
Well it is green enough to indicate a decent amount of rainfall Elizabeth. All landscapes have their virtue.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: They had been getting some rain in the week before my arrival that weekend. And you are so right about all landscapes having virtue, I really have yet to find a landscape I don't find amazing. Perhaps I gravitate toward the dry west because for some it truly is "God forsaken". I've always rooted for the underdog, always had a craving for what, for most, might be an acquired taste.
It has a rugged beauty Elizabeth.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you Bill - much like the Marlboro man, right?!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 1 Aug 2012, 06:57
If land is fertile it's not God forsaken Elizabeth
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I agree with you there Chad!
  • SAVO
  • United Kingdom
  • 1 Aug 2012, 07:11
Lovely Lovely...Frame worthy Ellie. Big land Wyoming smile
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you SAVO! Have you been? Are you enjoying the Olympics?! (silly question!)
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 1 Aug 2012, 07:27
I have a feeling that all your sentiments are in this poem, Elizabeth, as if you had written it
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you Lisl, I do love my wide open spaces! smile
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 1 Aug 2012, 08:08
Ray Lowe nailed it, Elizabeth, and so did you!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you so very much Ginnie!
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 1 Aug 2012, 08:12
One day I like to see this in real life.....
This is a likey to me. What a fabulous picture smile
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: With all the lush beauty you're surrounded with Astrid - this would feel very different! Thank you so much!
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 1 Aug 2012, 08:15
I'm with Ray Lowe, too. Cities have their places, of course (some are great for Apple stores smile ) but you can't beat the open spaces to recharge the batteries and just take time to chill in peace and quiet.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Absolutely true & well put Alan!
Interesting landscape, home to big dramatic skies I would have thought.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Dramatic indeed John! Great fun to watch!
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 1 Aug 2012, 08:53
Dramatic Skies look like there is rain around, nice to see and read that it is God beloved and not God foresaken ;o)
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: We did get some nice rain that day! YAY!
Clearly people make the land. A nice chant to roots, Elizabeth.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks Juan Carlos! We'd had this poem on a poster in our History classroom in High School.
I know were I would want to be Elizabeth you never know we might get to see it one day, if I can open Sheila's purse.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Does Sheila know what you are plotting?! smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 1 Aug 2012, 10:14
The text and picture match perfect. Excellent.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks so very much Louis!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 1 Aug 2012, 10:31
a wonderful photograph full of heavenly light is accompanying this beautiful poem! You can be happy to live in this God beloved land ( we know the phrase, too, to describe old Palestine/old Israel).
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you very much Miss Philine! I imagine everyone has a similar chant to their roots, and isn't that wonderful!
  • Richard T
  • Suffolk till the end of the month.
  • 1 Aug 2012, 10:39
Looks as if humans have been influenced by what the environment throws at them and have modified the natural landscape in return ... A team effort I guess.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: This landscape is au naturale - save for the railroad line you can barely see there! The trees only exist because of the North Platte River running through to nourish them. This is the far East sliver of Wyoming which is mostly open plains and stark bluffs. Was never really forested, but for the river banks. Most of Wyoming is a natural, untouched landscape. Left for the grazing critters. The state is the ninth largest in the country (97,809 sq mile / 253,326 sq km), but ranks 50th in population at 568,158. So you see- lots of space to be had! smile
what a wide deserted landscape
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: You're right Chantal! This part of Wyoming is very wide, and very deserty! smile
Love the big open space, which you've captured nicely! smile
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you Martin - I'm glad it comes through!
I can imagine the peace you would feel living in such wide open space, Elizabeth. The night sky must be dazzling.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Peace is one of the many things Wyoming is abundant in. And yest - the night sky is incredible!
Looks like this dry land might be in for a bit of rain.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Yes, yes, yes Mary! That week started a nice daily, afternoon rain!
I think your photo and words about say it all for you Elizabeth.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you Brian! Don't mean to be too prideful, but I guess I am! smile
Dramatic landscape with an impressive strength...

Un saludo!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you Eduardo!!!
Just the sort of country I'd have enjoyed as a cycle challenge Elizabeth! smile
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Your eyes would not want for scenery!
A very nice poem so beautifully illustrated Elizabeth!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you very much Richard!
charming verse Elizabeth, and this image like yesterday's looks full of great health-giving air!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you Sesan! Breathe deeply!!!!
Nice sentiments, but perhaps he should have stuck to prose smile Great scene, Elizabeth.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Perhaps... smile Thanks Tom!
Gophers and cottontails!! Nothing so exotic. Deer and rabbits, more like.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Well those are fun! smile

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