The King Of The Mountain


The old man was the king of a holler.

He rose up from a little more than squalor.

Still he was simple, and loved the simple things.

Love flowed out of his mountain springs.



There were pastures and forests and streams.

How could anyone dream these dreams?

Rhododendron, Mountain Laurel, White Oak.

This was a Kingdom for these kind and simple folk.



A tiny road came in as a tiny stream was leaving.

It was too beautiful a paradise to be believing.

It was like a hole in a beautiful mountain,

Complete with its own flowing fountain.



The old man gave life all his best,

And after he was laid to rest,

He saw from where he now lay,

All he had gathered, erode away.



The land was inherited by the son,

Thought to be the responsible one.

Who sold it and bought a patch of land,

Near a beach with people and sand.



The farm was traded for a bag of beans.

It now belongs to a lawyer in New Orleans.

The son traded paradise and a million dollar view,

For an 8 hour drive, traffic, tourists, noise, a zoo.


The old man was always “King of his Hill.

He blew it all when he made his last will.


His Kingdom came undone,


                                                when he neglected all his children but one.


Micky Dee


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Get Down On Your Knees And Pray-Del McCoury

Born in York County, PA seventy years ago, Del McCoury would once have seemed an unlikely candidate for legendary status. Bitten hard by the bluegrass bug when he heard Earl Scruggs' banjo in the early 50s-"everybody else was crazy about Elvis, but I loved Earl," he says with a chuckle. McCoury became a banjo picker.

My Walkin Shoes-Del McCoury and Vince Gill

Del McCoury's family lived in Mitchell County, North Carolina for a bit. I guess his family moved right before Del was born. So Loafers Glory stakes a small claim. But Del is America!


Del McCoury & Ronnie Reno - I Wonder Where You Are Tonight

Del McCoury is just one of the best.


Steve Earle and The Del McCoury Band- The Mountain

Pick on Del! You sure rock my world!


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Sa`ge 6 years ago from Barefoot Island

People just do not know what they have even after they lose it,it seems! I love You Dear this is beautiful! You have captured the loss and brought tears ----HUG---- Thank you , you are wonderful Loving person, gentle and kind and all giving! >HUG


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Sa`ge 6 years ago from Barefoot Island

The videos you got there are ... I am speechless. that last one was the most perfect you ending the videos for this hub in perfection '-


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

I can't believe what I just did! I got here and out of habit I pushed my own two first buttons! I should get some penalty out of that! Gee - habits! Can't think! Sorry hubpages! I didn't mean to!!!

Now where was I? Sa'ge!!! Unfortunately- this is a very true story. I guess it's happened billions of times. Thank you Dear!

Oh!!! I am so glad you like the videos!!! So cool!!!

Just for info - ON THE VIDEO - I am very sure the photo of a bare spot up is actually off the Blue Ridge Parkway and it's looking at the digs of Spruce Pine, Mitchell County NC. I've taken that photo a lot. It's looking west off the "Parkway". They dig feldspar there- and gypsum is a bi-product. Mica is too.

It's not a "mine" though. It's tiered off and they keep making "tiers" to keep it safer from landslides. It's a mountain being dug out from the top.

There are old mines on the mountain you could put hoses in though. I've ridden my mountain bike up there.


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Petra Vlah 6 years ago from Los Angeles

I have never heard of Del until now, but his music is fantastic - I always loved country music - "The king of the road" is great, and I liked the "walking shoes" as well.

The one I liked the best is "The mountain", so sad, so beautiful, so moving especially because brings to mind the Chile recent events. Thank you Micky


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Oh Petra!!! I love seeing you! Yes Ma'am and this falls into a little more "blue grass" and they have a definite twang on their thang! God bless you Dear Petra!


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Sa`ge 6 years ago from Barefoot Island

Good night Michael :D Hug :D


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Freya Cesare 6 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

Some people just never respected their parents memories. They said they lived to their fullest but forget to enjoy every single time of it. I love zoo, but hate traffic and tourists. I will be really appreciate if I have a place for solitude in the moment like this, mostly if the people we love being there with us. :)


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Good night Sa'ge.

Freya -you are so right! I want to say more but I'm a pain ball and a mess right now. Good night Dear Freya. I love you Dear!


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Freya Cesare 6 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

Good night, King Micky. Your kingdom save under my guard. :D


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Darlene Sabella 6 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

Hello again my dear Micky Dee, I hope you can have one eye open to protect my kingdom as well, you are my prince, love darski awesome hub


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Hey Freya. I'm up for a moment and I'm so glad to see you if it is just a picture! God bless you Dear! I do love you sweet Child!


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Hey Darski! I love you too my Dear! You ladies are so good to me! I have to lie down now quickly but I do love you Girls!


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Freya Cesare 6 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

KIng Micky, I am watching your chicken strut right now! :D


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justom 6 years ago from 41042

Another killer effort brother. Says a lot for the progress of man (what ever that means). Man, about 5 years ago I got to see Del, Steve and Vince at an event here called Tall Stacks. Love all 3. Peace!! Tom


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creativeone59 6 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

You go Micky, you have done it again. Than you for a wonderful work of art. Thank you for sharing. Godspeed. creativeone59


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Freya!!! You found my "chicken strut"!!! Shhhh!


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Freya Cesare 6 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

Hahaha! Love it! More! More!


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Tom! You have great taste!

Let me add Tom - there were taxes paid on this place and this excuse was offered about the reason for selling the property. Imagine my surprise when property for a trailer was bought in Myrtle Beach. I was almost born in Myrtle Beach. I have relatives there. They were there when there was a dirt road from Myrtle Beach to Georgetown. Dogwoods covered both sides of the road. You had to take a ferry across the river at Georgetown. Ain't no way I'd make a trade for land there now. Ain't NO way! God bless Tom! God bless you BrotherMan!


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Thank you for stopping by Creativeone! I need a word from you! I'll come see what it is I need! God bless!


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Freya! My Muslim Princess! You make my heart SING! Alas, I'm afraid you can't make Micky dance better! Stop Micky before he dances again!


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Freya Cesare 6 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

No way! I never even have gut to dance because I am like robot, so why I should stop you? More! More! :D


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Freya - I think God will only allow me to dance like an elderly Bill Cosby! You are so wonderful! If you think I dance funny - you should hear me sing! The chickens stop their "chicken strut" and cover their tiny ears!


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Freya Cesare 6 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

Hahaha! Prove it then. Sing for me! Maybe I will know after hear you sing, what should I do with the Crownless King. ^_*


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Oh Freya! Micky cannot sing. The music comes into his head and comes out just enough off key that wild animals lift their heads and hears and then - they run. They flee!


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Freya Cesare 6 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

Hahaha! Ok. Enough for teasing King Micky for today. But still; more! more!


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

..~~~~~..

....o.o....

...( V )...

.....O.....

....!!!....


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Freya Cesare 6 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

Don't worry, King Micky. I will always come back to you later. Hohohoho!


ralwus 6 years ago

There is a moral in there somewhere. I'll be damned if I can find it tho'.


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Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

Brilliant again our Micky.

I was going to comment in verse and rhyme

but someone rang the doorbell at that very wrong time

Oh no, Go away , leave me alone I could not yell

So only these words to say: You have again done so well.

I have never heard of Del McCoury but that certainly didn't stop me from enjoying his music. Brilliant!!

I am giving a beautiful and a vote up!!

Take care and God Bless Micky.


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valeriebelew 6 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA

Micky Dee, really enjoyed the bluegrass videos, even though I had never heard of any of the performers. Also loved the hub itself. We definately lose control after we die, but who really cares since we aren't there to see it. (:v And if we can look down from above, we probably laugh.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Isn't that Freya delightful!


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Yo Brother Ralwus. Not sure about the moral either. I could moralize but everybody can. I've seen Myrtle Beach. I love the sand they import for the Grand Strand. It's a beautiful area if you could get shed of the traffic, noise, hotels, high prices, etc. Taste? Who can account for it.

I've lived in Myrtle Beach. I've lived in the Holler. Beauty? Peace? I guess we have to cultivate that ourselves. Environment plays a part.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Eiddwen! I am so glad you had a good time and enjoyed that music. Thanks for reminding me. I need to hear it again myself! God bless my Dear!


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50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

Mic., another article that shows you in heart and soul, I danced to the music across the up buttons, It's a good work of your pen here and I often wonder about getting a pin ans spiral binder and write while setting in the shade of my largest Mesquite tree. I often have some great thoughts there but my old memory won't bring them in here at all. I say I'll write but by the time I'm done laying out in the sun and come in the memories are mostly lost. I'm back in because the rain that is coming tomorrow is here today. So it's going to be a couple of cool days to get out and play with the dogs in the mud and then drive to town for a ride through the 5 dollar car wash with the top off the jeep. It stings a bit with the jet nozzles and the dogs hate it but get ready to be blasted and taught me to face down as the machine goes through it's cycle. The 100 mph blower is a trip as it goes over to dry off the water before the spot free rinse cycle at low pressure goes by. Anyway it's fun to cool off there on hot days and to get the mud off on super dirty days and it entertains people who watch the machine follow the roll cage shaped and soap us up for the rinse. I need to find the ends of the cables to lubricate then next, but will probably wait until I have to change them as a big time procrastinator that I've become setting out here with no one to complain to get things done instead of me playing here on the computer. Oh well, good job on an entertaining hub, dusty


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Thank you 50. Brother - God I hope we understand EVERYTHING some day. I guess this is "code" but I love you Man. Thank you for serving in Vietnam. Thank you for sacrificing SO much! Thank you for being styraight up! That tree sounds good. The neighbors have their lawn mower running here but rain is coming here tomorrow. Maybe no bike ride and God knows I need a bike ride! Spoke at the class. Wrenching. Thanks again. Be safe. God bless. Zip me a line when you get back!


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Yo valeriebelew!!! Some day we'll laugh at ALL this. Some of these musicians are household names in millions of pockets that make up America's whole. They are big hits in their genre. God bless you Valleriebelew!


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always exploring 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

Another great story and it rings a bell. The good son left to make his own, while the not-so-good is left everything and squanders it all away.I,m not crazy about bluegrass music, but i love Vince Gill, and i love your skill of rhyme.

God Bless


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Ginger Meow 6 years ago

I was going to say Micky, that you would surely be king of the hill once you rode your bike up there!


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Yo Always! I like all music "with passion" I guess. But to me opera may have more passion than necessary. I ain't a Mormon Tabernacle regular choir kinda guy. I actually tried some of their music on youtube and I just apologize to the Mormons- I just don't have that "ear". It's impossible for me to care much about property and stuff. It's baggage and somebody always wants that kind of baggage. God bless you Always!

You know -Meow- I did! It was further from the mountain pasture that I lifted my bike over a log and jumped across the log into a yellow jacket's nest. I've done the forty yard dash with a bike across my shoulder through brambles and mess. It was a good time! Thank you Dear!


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poetvix 6 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

Oh Micky Dee this makes me sad

it's greatly done and I'm glad

but to see how wrong a son can be

rips at the very heart of me.

The pictures show a paradise

no doubt the son was not wise

But the king will forever live

because from the heart he did give.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Hey Poetvix! Well this gent wasn't me but I've lost at least two lifetimes in my lifetime. It's really extra weight. You marry though. You try to build a home. You want to pass something down from your labor. You want the best for kids and grand kids. But many people are deprived of even the beginnings of what others may have. Ashes to ashes dust to dust. Sitting around just causes rust!


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epigramman 6 years ago

..you are the king of my mountain - and by the looks of it - I now count over 4 million dedicated and lucky followers - you are the king of everyone's mountain .....

no one puts together a hub like you - they're full of joy and the essence of life - Sir Dee I don't offer use the 'g' word but you are a genius hubber - and we all know about the other half of that equation - a genius humanitarian!!!!


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daydreamer13 6 years ago

Absolutely love this. Thank you so much for writing and sharing. Good message here.


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

I've never really enjoyed bluegrass but ya know - you changed my mind! The videos are really great - and the pictures divine....great poem too!


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Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US

I am starting to like bluegrass, it is getting better, and no doubt about Vince Gill, forever my love.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

epigramman! You know Brother- I'm humanitarian only. It is because of my sticking close to the Golden Rule that I look smarter than I am. You are so kind to think of me in this way. I'm a plodder, not plotter. I plod along and things come to sit where they are. God bless you BrotherMan!


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

daydreamer! You have the prettiest daydreams a person could have.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

akirchner! These are the "masters" of bluegrass as a lot are. This is some of the cream of the crop. Thank you Dear!


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Yo Pollyannalana! Vince Gill was the closer! Cool beans! If Elvis had been in blue grass shaking his roack and roll we'd be rolling in Blue Grass!


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Sa`ge 6 years ago from Barefoot Island

Congradulations on your one year Hub Birthday :D hugs :D

x3 Love You x3


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

I didn't even realize. Let's party down! I'm staying up till 9:30 tonight! I hope.


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Jason R. Manning 6 years ago from Sacramento, California

Mr. Dee,

What a great piece of prose, I give you 5 stars for working in “Rhododendron,” that is a feat of its own. It took me longer to move through the mountain of accolades piled upon your stoop.

God Bless.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Jason! That is so cool about the Rhododendron! I do love it! There are "RED" Rhododendron growing wild near an old mine up there on that mountain. "RED" wild? Don't know how that happened. God bless!


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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

What a great tribute and some great music. The story of the King of the Mountain is also very moving - so well done, my brother!

Love and peace

Tony


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Yo Tony! Thank you Sir. You're the king of my mountain Sir!


ralwus 6 years ago

Yo King!


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Okay Ralwus kings, I have at least a few- including you!


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Peggy W 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

Your combination of prose and your beautiful pictures always amaze me. I was reading all the comments while the first video played. Will have to check out the others... Sometimes people do not realize what they have in their own backyards until they lose it. The grass is not always greener....! Now...going to attend to some button pushing!


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

When one does not know from whence it came, there is little appreciation of it and little caring as to letting it go. It is afterward that they look back and realize all they threw asunder. Nice one, Micky! WB


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Hey Peggy! I wonder if nobody figured they needed to see that mountain pasture again, They had seen it enough. To be able to walk that ridge and say, "Wow! Thank You God for putting my folks here." But peace and happiness come from within and I only see what I see. Thank you Ma'am!


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Hey Wayne Brown! I know you are some great poet Wayne. I hope my poems ring near what yours are. Thank you Bud!


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Lady Guinevere 6 years ago from West Virginia

I missed this one for some reason. I live on a mountain that a shal company wants to come and strip mine it for shale to make bricks. I thinkit is more for the oil in the shale that they are after and not brick making. We are in a big fight with them and the WVDEP for the right to have our mountain to stay the way it is, beautiful and full of life and water. It brought tears to my eyes with the Last song, "The Mountain". I have several hubs that touch on this subject of mining.

My Aunt and Ucnle are into Bluegrass and have a band. I don't know what it is or where they play but they live in the Mountains near the boarder of Maryland and PA.

My grand father and some of my ancestors were miners in the Console Mines in Maryland. It makes me sick to think of all the beautiful and life giving mountains that are destroyed and are going to be destroyed for something that we have other resources available.

Thanks you for you poem and the videos.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Thank you Lady Guinevere! You have some hubs that should be linked here and I'll do that with just a little time. God bless you my Lady!


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Lady Guinevere 6 years ago from West Virginia

I just sent you a PM with the hubs.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Got it my Lady!


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manlypoetryman 6 years ago from (Texas !) Boldly Writing Poems Where No Man Has Gone Before...

Tradin' a piece of paradise in for a few moments at the beach...doesn't make sense unless it comes in an all inclusive vacation package with drinks, meals, and a free snorkeling trip...then it becomes a little more clear. Unfortunately...I can relate to this one. It is sad to see anyone give up on the ol' place of our own greatest personal dreams. Great one, MD!


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

Amazing just amazing both your written art and the message or true life reality of it! So many people love and adore their treasures leaving them only to someone who has no regard for them and selling to the highest bid. I know we are not to be so fond of material things so does it matter how the man would feel about his beloved land turning into a mega super high tech mall of sorts... or does it just not matter as he is gone. Ponder I do I do!

Thanks for the great videos at the end, you unburied some real treasures. Voted up and all that is good!

Peace and Love,


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pmccray 6 years ago from Utah

"The artist has one function--to affirm and glorify life" - W. Edward Brown. You Sir Micky Dee fit this description to a tee? Lord I rhymed!!! Peace bro!!!


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

katie Dear! If I wasn't old, crazy, and broken up I'd chase you around the world.

pmccray- I love you Dear and I'd chase you too. God bless you Girls!


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Jaggedfrost 6 years ago

Your form may not be anything I am in a hurry to emulate but the hard work that may not seem like work to you any more which showed your dedication to your message is something that makes me feel a little bit lazy about how I go about making hubs. It is very well put together and I can respect that.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Hi Jaggedfrost. I try to pretty it up a little but it does take some time. Thank you.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

Good morning, My uncle. Sorry, I am late to knew this hub. Because I have a lot of work to do. Especially to prepare my students test. I love the beauty of mountain you describe above. All the pictures you gave to us really touch my heart. I love all these song. Good work, my uncle. I hope I can write something new as soon as possible after I finish my work. Take care!

Your nephew, Prasetio


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Oh Nephew! You make the uncle proud with you labor Nephew! I love you Nephew! Good luck with your students!


Quietest Moments 6 years ago

Micky!!.. I loved it.. thank you for sharing such a great work with me on this rainy morning.. Huggs Sweety.. :)


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Where have you been? On the radio! Thank you Quietest Moments! I could use some quiet moments! Hugs my Dear!


shygirl2 6 years ago

Enjoyed the sad poem. Great pics!


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Hi Shygirl! Thank you Dear. Just a little history. Bless!


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deedeelaw 5 years ago from Deborah's Musings

Once again you did it Micky Dee. Absolutely beautiful. You are indeed a king yourself.


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Micky Dee 5 years ago Author

God bless you DeeDee.


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Coolmon2009 5 years ago from Texas, USA

Hi Micky Dee I enjoyed reading your article and once again thank you for including links to some of my hubs :)


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