Updated on August 1, 2019
A Blog by Guest Blogger – Jody Gilmore Payne
I’m from a long line of readers and storytellers. I can’t remember a time my parents and grandparents didn’t have an open book nearby. I realize now the value of the legacy and thank them for the memories.
~I have ignored Papa’s frowning and eloped with a Browning.
~I have fought beside Travis in the Alamo.
~I have discussed cabbages and kings with a walrus.
~I have crossed a vast desert with an Englishman in Arab robes.
~I have dined with a fat king and wept for his queen.
~I have grown older and wiser on Washington Square.
~I have excavated a site for antiquities of ancient cultures and dug a despot from a hole in the same ground.
~I have journeyed through a wardrobe into a land of eternal winter.
~I have advised presidents and a man who would be king.
~I have been horrified to watch Othello give his trust to Iago.
~I have permitted murderers to go free on the Oriental Express.
~I have disagreed with a Medici when he claimed the end justifies the means and then listened with horror as our leaders now quote him.
~I have learned about relativity from a genius and taught him how to tie his shoes.
~I have knit my way through the French Revolution and sought justice for my people.
~My beauty was celebrated, but I was cast aside when I couldn’t give a French dictator a child.
~I have sailed the seven seas on a schooner and navigated across a continent on a sea of grass.
~I have followed an ideal and founded the best government known to man.
~I have hiked the Inca Trail to watch the sunrise over Machu Picchu.
~I have drawn lines in the Nazca desert so long ago no one will remember their origin.
~I have built great pyramids in the Valley of the Kings and left a Sphinx to guard them.
~I have descended a mountain carrying stones etched with the sacred words of God.
~I have slain a giant with five smooth stones and changed history.
~I have set giant stones in a circle to explain the miracle of the heavens.
~I have caught words as they slid from the pooka’s mouth and meditated on power.
~I have listened to the caged bird sing and soared above the Grand Tetons with the proudest of all birds, the American eagle.
~I have been betrayed by a man and his church and worn an A on my breast.
~I have roamed the dark forest with werewolves and fled from vampires.
~I have thrilled to my first kiss many times.
~I have crossed the Delaware with brave men to follow the most virtuous of leaders.
~I have fought a war with my brothers and watched Atlanta burn.
~I have composed ballads with a poet and dreamed of returning to Mandalay.
~I have partaken of a moveable feast and baked blackbirds in a pie.
~I have watched in horror as barns burned through the night in Mississippi and found peace at dawn on Walden’s Pond.
~I have flown through space and walked on the moon.
~I have ridden a thoroughbred in the Derby and cried for the fate of a warhorse.
~I have bowed before a lowly donkey carrying a virgin with an unborn God.
Lucky me, I can read.
Jody Gilmore Payne is an author, a blogger, a horsewoman, an animal lover, and now a transplanted Texan …
I’ve always believed in the inescapable order of fate, but I can’t think of one good reason I wasn’t born right here in Texas. Oh the time I wasted wandering around looking for home! Well, I’m here now and embrace it with open heart and welcoming arms. If my writing takes on a decidedly southern cadence, it’s understandable. I write about what I see and what I believe to be good and true.