"Ridin' it to the End..."

"Ridin' it to the End..." A Poem about our Endless Journey!

"All Aboard for the Journey"...I hear called out by the conductor in a forward car...   I will ride this thing till the end of the line...Surely...I don't care just exactly how far.    [Picture from the Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad]
"All Aboard for the Journey"...I hear called out by the conductor in a forward car... I will ride this thing till the end of the line...Surely...I don't care just exactly how far. [Picture from the Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad] | Source

Life is a Journey....There is something profound in Life about Hanging on till the End of the Journey. This is a Poem from my Life's Journey...Painted Out Across Words Of A Poetic Canvas. The "Wanderer" song below sets the tone...for exactly what Johnny Cash brought to music with his particular style. I set out to pay tribute to Johhny Cash with my writing style...or in my own words...in a manner which I could actually believe he could sing in a song. I was shootin' for "The Highwaymen" in style and texture of words. (I got'ta admit...even if I have to say so my own self...I think I hit pretty dang close to the mark!)

Cowboys...Hang on till the End of every Ride...with every buckin' Bronco...and every wild Bull...that they adjust their riggin' to....startin' right out'ta the chute. How do I combine the thought...the drive...of Hanging on till the very End of the Ride? Well...By using pics of them to inspire the true feeling of Hanging on to the End of the Ride....for starters!

Johhny Cash sang alot about "Travelling". Johnny had the presence of a singer...as one who I could very easily...imagine talking to while climbing in a passenger train car...(or even hoppin' a train way out in the middle of New Mexico...Nowhere Territory). There...Johnny would be in the back...strummin' a guitar...singing a song about travelling...and providing words of wisdom for the Journey we are all on.

Hope you enjoy my "Manly" Poetry Tribute to Johnny Cash, Travelling, Trains, Cowboys "Ridin' it to the End"...and this Great "Endless" Journey...We are all on...Enjoy the Ride!

Signed, Manly Poetry Man

Better Hang On Till The End Of The Ride...Cowboy!

Go out "Wandering" with Johnny and U2 below.

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As the train moves from the station...I see the track that lies ahead of me...

Turned Neither... to the Left or the Right...I will go "head-on"...Ridin' into destiny.

I came here to ride this thing...You can bet...I'll see it through...

Thousands of miles I've been before...Thousands more...have I yet to do.

And with the spirit of an able man...I'll conquer that...which lies on ahead of me...

A spirit of one who is free in the wind...A spirit of one who'll be...all he wants to be.

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The train leaves the station...and I move farther on...

The train churns its steel wheels...and pushes me further...along.

"All Aboard for the Journey"...I hear called out by the conductor in a forward car...

I will ride this thing till the end of the line...Surely...I don't care just exactly how far.

I have saddled-up...and ridden many a hard, lonely trail...

I have crossed desert lands on foot...yet always did prevail.

I have climbed a mountainside...just 'cause it got in my way...

I have rode into many a town...just to save the day.

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Who am I...you know me well...your spirit has not lied...

I am the one who can always be found...out here in the countryside !

I travel out here always...to that which lies ahead...I was born to ride...

My spirit is along this track...going forward...my spirit has never died !

Look...to the one thing in your life that says it is time for you to move on...

Grasp that which is fleeting...because...up ahead it may be gone.

You are a traveller...and you have joined me on this train...upon which I ride...

So...Sit back and enjoy the view with me...as I watch what lies ahead...all in stride.

And Know...that the minute one journey ends...another one begins...which will always be...

This train that we are riding on....right here and now...goes on and on...right in to eternity.

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Santa Fe Railway trains on the Transcon in New Mexico Picture Gallery.
Santa Fe Railway trains on the Transcon in New Mexico Picture Gallery. | Source

Paying Tribute To Johnny Cash and His Music...

Johnny Cash was a one of a kind Music Artist.
Johnny Cash was a one of a kind Music Artist.

Highwayman - Johnny Cash (The Highwaymen)

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manlypoetryman 7 years ago from (Texas !) Boldly Writing Poems Where No Man Has Gone Before... Author

ralwus: Shoot dang...I forgot the broken heart, bottle binges, and buckle bunny pix! Actually...I believe Johnny Cash moved away from that "typical ol' country singer image"...somewhat...in his Golden Years! But then...no one knows what lies ahead on a journey...and it is usually always headed in the direction you want to go! So, far you ralwus...maybe a whole cabin car of buckle bunnies boards the train...which lies ahead in your journey...(HHHMMM...Maybe, they are looking for an artist to draw them...as well?) Whatever the case...enjoy your journey, my friend. Leave it to MPM to put a profound spin on your part of the journey...That's just the "Manly" Poetry Man way...! Ha! Always appreciate your comments, C...See ya' around in the comment sections! (And: So proud of that Marine...you have there in your family...give him the best from our family!)

Brenda: Thanks for your comment. Appreciate what you said about this poem. Good Fortune in all your writings! MPM


\Brenda Scully 7 years ago

brilliant hub well done


ralwus 7 years ago

Nice job Manly. Johnny was great, still is. You dint mention the bottle and how it let you down. Nuthin' 'bout your broken heart or even buckle bunnies. LOL I was expecting a few buckle bunny pix. Just kiddin' 'twas a nice ride and with great music too. peace, CC


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manlypoetryman 7 years ago from (Texas !) Boldly Writing Poems Where No Man Has Gone Before... Author

M101: Thank you Larry...It fits my profile? That's pretty cool...I must say. Maybe 'cause...there has been times in my life when I did feel like I had gotten on a train out in the middle of nowhere...that was going to the end of the line...But maybe...lots of folks can relate to that? I hope! You know I always appreciate your intuitive thinking on my work. I rather enjoy your commentary(s)....you help point out the "witty" side to everything...which makes for real good advertising for the "Manly" Poetry...and also makes this simple 'ol farmer dude sound a lil' bit smarter than he is in reality :) ! Much Success to you, my friend, always!

tantrum: You got it...I'll take those tickets for that Journey and ride...whether it be on horses or train or foot...or that one that is the biggest ride of our lifes...called, "LIFE". And, I'll take that Journey to the end of the line...and be glad to shake hands with ya' along the way, my friend! Oh yeah...it will be ONE Hell of a trip! Thanks for your comment...as always...!

You know what? All of Ya'll...are some really great HUBBERS!


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tantrum 7 years ago from Tropic of Capricorn

There'a always a journey! Don't forget to buy your tickes! It's gonna be a Hell of a trip !! C U there ! LOL!


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maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

Manly...You have written a wonderful existentialist poem that fits nicely with your profile...loved the flow of this one...Carpe Diem, my friend..Larry


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manlypoetryman 7 years ago from (Texas !) Boldly Writing Poems Where No Man Has Gone Before... Author

Dear erin boote: Glad you liked this one. Just had to write this one...and do my my very best to make it like Johnny Cash would. He was an original...although just a man...same like any man...he was an exceptional and gifted artist. That is what inspired me to write this one. His style is so bold, roughly-calm, and you can almost hear the wind blowing behind him in many of his songs that are completely in touch with his surroundings. Thanks for this great comment...Humbly, MPM.


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erin boote 7 years ago from Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

This was absolutely exceptional!!! Love the Johnny clips, the poem sounded like it almost could have been written by Johnny himself... I felt him all the way through it. You truly captured a spirit here, one that will be with us always. Thanks for a wonderful hub.


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manlypoetryman 7 years ago from (Texas !) Boldly Writing Poems Where No Man Has Gone Before... Author

Thanks AE: This one was a blast to write...It felt so much like Johnny Cash himself was riding along in an old boxcar singing and playing the guitar...as I wrote this. I hoped and still hope...that's how everyone else feels when they read it. Thanks for your great comment...I know that love of ol' country songs...as well. I was raised on them, too.


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AEvans 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

What a wonderful tribute to Johnny that was absolutely a wonderful poem and the pics were fantastic!!! I love old Country that always sang about there lives that is what mom brought me up on. Thank you for writing this. :)

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