Hoping For Posthumous Fame During Poetry Month At The Ranch Pen

Red Mountain, Colorado

Red Mountain, Colorado

We’re still observing National Poetry Month here at the Ranch Pen. Last week, I went so far as to compose a fantastical poem about the Schwan man who visits our place every other week, but I realized later that it lacked that certain, well, shall we say…power to touch human emotion and remain in the common psyche forever. Which is a real shame, but…whatever. I doubt Robert Burns, the great Scottish poet, had any idea while penning My heart’s in the Highlands, my heart is not here two-hundred-plus years ago, that some middle-aged farm woman transplanted from the mountains of Colorado to the dry, flatlands of Oklahoma would read it with her heart squeezing from homesickness. Considering that, I feel there is posthumous hope for all my poetical works–Trumpet of the Schwan ManOde To a Little Goat (Deceased) and Ode To a Green Cowdog–at some point. However distant.

But seriously, this poem is for you, flatlanders, fellow displaced highlanders, and Robbie Burns lovers. Enjoy.


My Heart’s in the Highlands

by Robert Burns

Farewell to the Highlands, farewell to the North,
The birth-place of Valour, the country of Worth;
Wherever I wander, wherever I rove,
The hills of the Highlands for ever I love.

My heart’s in the Highlands, my heart is not here;
My heart’s in the Highlands a-chasing the deer;
A-chasing the wild-deer, and following the roe,
My heart’s in the Highlands wherever I go.

Farewell to the mountains high covered with snow;
Farewell to the straths and green valleys below;
Farewell to the forests and wild-hanging woods;
Farewell to the torrents and loud-pouring floods.

My heart’s in the Highlands, my heart is not here;
My heart’s in the Highlands a-chasing the deer;
A-chasing the wild-deer, and following the roe,
My heart’s in the Highlands wherever I go.


As always, thanks so much for reading. God bless all y’all and enjoy Ross Harris singing My Heart’s In The Highlands.

An Award Already? Just Let Me Get This Cow Manure off my Guccis…


Yesterday, Gramps yelled at me, “Hey, Danni, there’s a limo waitin’ on you up at the house. Somebody wants to give you an award.”

“An award for what? Oh, my goodness. Way out here in the ranch pen? Oh, for pity’s sake, let me just scrape this cow poop off my boots Gucci shoes. Keep ’em in their limo until I can run get my hair combed, at least.”

“How am I supposed to do that?”

“I don’t know! Set the dogs on ’em.”

“I can’t do that…she says she’s Anna Urquhart who has that blog you like.”

What a relief. Anna wouldn’t mind if I didn’t comb my hair.

That was more or less the scenario when I received my award–

No, it ain’t, either! I’ve got to stop telling these whoppers!

I was just so speechless I had to make something up. (Except the part about my hair)

But, thank you so much, Anna, for nominating my blog for the versatile blogger award out of ALL the blogs in the WHOLE world.  I love your blog The Silent Isle and am so happy someone else has had trouble with…THE MEAT MAN IN A VAN.

The Rules for the Versatile Blogger
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and include a link to their site.
2. Add the Versatile Blogger Award picture to your blog post.
3. Nominate 7 fellow bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly and include a link to their site.
4. Let them know you have nominated them
5. Share 7 random facts about you
My Nominations for Versatile Blogger
1. Piper Bayard  I’ve read her blog for a long time. She does a mash up of funny stuff off the web called The End is Near and We Deserve It.
2. KM Weiland  Nearly anybody who writes knows of her, but in case you don’t, check out her blog. She’s a nice person, a great writing coach, and she likes horses, too.
3. Jeff Fowle  He’s already won this prestigious award at some point, but I like his blog about stuff I know about, so I’m nominating him again.
4. Randall St. Germain  His blog is super interesting, especially if you like travel documentaries (which I do.) His photos of places I will probably never see are just beautiful.
5. Steve Poling  because he has written a book about Mycroft Holmes, Sherlock’s brother. I always wondered about Mycroft, so if you do, too, rush over to Steve’s blog and get the link to buy The Aristotelian for your Kindle. (Besides, how cool is the name Mycroft, anyway?)
6.Betsy Freese  because I like her blog and she does a daily five-minute country life radio program Gramps and I listen to while we’re eating our mid-day meal (we call it dinner here in OK)
7. And, finally, Hank the Cowdog  because I love him. If you have never read Hank the Cowdog books (especially the audio books read by John Erickson the author, a rancher from the Texas panhandle) you need to. They’re kids’ books, but anybody who has a couple of mutts in their lives will enjoy Hank and his sidekick, Drover.
Seven Random Facts About Me
1. If I hadn’t caught the flu right after I took a webinar hosted by Thomas Umstattd of Author Media I would never have been bored enough to start a blog. Now I’m feeling better and all of my hair is almost literally sticking straight up on my head with fright. What have I gotten myself into?
2.  I write Christian fiction for kids and adults set in ranch and farming locales.
3. I married at sixteen and immediately entered the school of hard knocks where I remain a career student unto this very day. I hope to eventually graduate into heaven.
4.Gramps and I have been married–to each other–for thirty-one-and-a-half years, have three grown and married sons, and six widdle grandkids.
5. Like Anna, I love Robert Burns and as a Coloradan transplanted to Oklahoma, my favorite of his poems begins something like this: My heart’s in the highlands, my heart is not here, my heart’s in the highlands a chasin’ the deer…
6. I speak excruciatingly bad Spanish, but I read it a little better, so I try to translate a couple of Bible chapters a day.
7. I’ve been in love with farming, ranching, and horses all my life. I like most other critters, too, even chickens.
Thanks again, Anna, for the nomination, and thanks all y’all for reading this far. God bless.