Paul Bunyan



Poetry Quote of the Day

This version of the poem is from Shel Silverstein’s book of poems for children, “Where the Sidewalk Ends” published in 1974. A slightly different version of “Paul” is sung by Bobby Bare in his 1973 album, “Lullabys, Legends and Lies”. He begins with an introduction, “You know, American folklore is filled with legendary characters like… Billy The Kid, Johnny Appleseed, Pecos Bill… and probably the greatest one of all has got to be Paul Bunyan, ’cause he was the meanest and the biggest and dirtiest, tobacco chewin’est, and the funkiest and the best woodchopper of all of ’em”. Paul Bunyan is a lumberjack of huge size and strength in American folk tales. Usually included in these Tall Tales is his companion, Babe the Blue Ox, a giant creature of extraordinary strength.

He rode through the woods on a big blue ox,
He had fists as hard as choppin’ blocks,
Five hundred pounds and nine feet tall…that’s Paul.

Talk about workin’, when he swung his axe
You could hear it ring for a mile and a half.
Then he’d yell “Timber!” and down she’d fall…for Paul.

Talk about drinkin’, that man’s so mean
That he’d never drink nothin’ but kerosene,
And a five-gallon can is a little bit small…for Paul.

Talk about tough, well he once had a fight
With a thunderstorm on a cold dark night.
I ain’t sayin’ who won,
But it don’t storm at all…round here…thanks to Paul.

He was ninety years old when he said with a sigh,
“I think I’m gonna lay right down and die
‘Cause sunshine and sorrow, I’ve seen it all…says Paul.

He says, “There ain’t no man alive can kill me,
Ain’t no woman ’round can thrill me,
And I think heaven just mught be a ball”…says Paul.

So he died…and we cried.

It took eighteen men just to bust the ground,
It took twenty-four more just to lower him down.
And we covered him up and we figured that was all…for Paul.

But late one night the trees started shakin’,
The dogs started howlin’ and the earth started quakin’,
And out of the ground with a “Hi, y’all”…comes Paul!

He shook the dirt from off his clothes,
He scratched his butt and wiped his nose.
“Y’know, bein’ dead wasn’t no fun at all”…says Paul.

He says, “Up in heaven they got harps on their knees,
They got clouds and wings but they got no trees.
I don’t think that’s much of a heaven at all”…says Paul.

So he jumps on his ox with a fare-thee-well,
He says, “I’ll find out if there’s trees in hell.”
And he rode away, and that was all…we ever seen…of Paul.

But the next time you hear a “Timber!” yell
That sounds like it’s comin’ from the pits of hell,
Then a weird and devilish ghostly wail
Like somebody’s choppin’ on the devil’s tail,
Then a shout, a call, a crash, a fall–
That ain’t no mortal man at all…that’s Paul!


Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Daily Inspiration – Daily Quote

When life gives you lemons, Make Lemonade.
– Anonymous saying

Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.
– Charles R. Swindoll

Being defeated is often a temporary condition.
Giving up is what makes it permanent.
– Marilyn vos Savant

Close scrutiny will show that most “crisis situations”
are opportunities to either advance,
or stay where you are.
– Maxwell MaltzĀ 

Finding Joy in Our Troubled

Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…
It’s about learning to dance in the rain.
– Vivian Greene

Find a place inside where there’s joy,
and the joy will burn out the pain.
– Joseph Campbell

I live to experience something new each day –
to learn something new,
meet a new friend,
bring joy into someone’s life,
feel the wind newly on my skin,
touch a new fear, a new anger,
and with focused intent and good fortune,
find an ample measure of my own joy.
– Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Instead of dwelling on negative thoughts,
cause your mind to dwell on peace and joy.
– Ernest Holmes

Life will not meet your expectations.
Choose joy anyway.
– Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The Futility of Regret

Regrets are the tears of choices not made
and of good deeds left undone
– Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Regret is an appalling waste of energy,
you can’t build on it – it’s only good for wallowing in.
– Katherine Mansfield

He who spends time regretting the past,
loses the present and risks the future.
– Quevedo

I rest in the light of forgiveness.
I forgive myself and others for that
which is done (and better left undone)
and also that which is not done (and better if done).
I give myself permission to enjoy this moment without guilt.
I freely release all uncertainty, regret, and fear.
– Mary Anne Radmacher

The 3 Rs that Plague Humanity:
Regret, Resentment, and Revenge.
– Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Mistakes are the portals of discovery.
– James Joyce

Live life with no regrets and no resentments.
Whatever happened in the past,
forgive yourself and others. Choose love.
– Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Teaching By Example – history

Being a role model is the most powerful form of educating.
Youngsters need good models more than they need critics.
It’s one of a parent’s greatest responsibilities and opportunities.
– John Wooden

Example is not the main thing in influencing others.
It is the only thing.
– Albert Schweitzer

Pull the string, and it will follow wherever you wish.
Push it, and it will go nowhere at all.
– Dwight D. Eisenhower

If you want others to follow your example,
don’t criticize or cajole others,
but rather live your own life
in a manner that convincingly demonstrates
both the virtue and the success
of your way of life.
– Jonathan Lockwood Huie