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Adopted by Roy Rogers

Adopted by Roy Rogers

I remember as a child lying in bed at night
Covers over my head, listening to them fight.
And I always wondered when I heard my name
If I was the cause or if I was to blame?
Had I played too loud and made them mad?
Forgotten my chores and made them sad?

I had to do something that was for sure.
I needed to be adopted by Roy Rogers!
Praying he’d hurry and find me each night,
Hiding under my covers ‘til the time was right.
Then off into the sunset we would both ride
Adopted by Roy Rogers, partners side by side.

I always knew that Roy adopted kids like me.
He only wanted special ones for his family.
I’d have to like horses and ridin’ the range.
Could I wear chaps or would I look strange?
Was my head too small for a ten gallon hat?
And if I wore boots would I fall down flat?

I had to do something that was for sure,
I needed to be adopted by Roy Rogers!
Praying he’d hurry and find me each night,
Hiding under my covers ‘til the time was right.
Then off into the sunset we would both ride
Adopted by Roy Rogers, partners side by side.

I didn’t ever give up even though he never came.
And hiding under blankets became a nightly game.
My westward imagination helped tuned out all the fights.
And pretending Roy was on his way got me through those nights.

I had to do something that was for sure.
I needed to be adopted by Roy Rogers!
Praying he’d hurry and find me each night
Hiding under my covers ‘til the time was right.
Then off into the sunset we would both ride
Adopted by Roy Rogers, partners side by side.

– C L Gillmore

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4 Responses to Adopted by Roy Rogers

  • Vicki Lehman says:

    Great poem. You captured so much of what I felt too, at that time in life. My parents were married 58 years and I always felt very much loved, but it was stormy at times. Oh, and I can still sing harmony to Happy Trails.

  • Jan Griesenbrock says:

    You are right on the money…on everything. I wanted to leave a comment on your political comments – I share your thoughts to the letter. Thanks for posting Cheryl, you are indeed gifted.

  • C L Gillmore says:

    I’m always happy when my words touch a heart or stir a memory for someone else as well. It’s part of the joy of writing. I wonder how many thousands of kids like you and me sat glued to the TV on Saturday mornings watching all the favorites…Fury, Sky King and Roy Rogers? And yes, I can still harmonize on “Happy Trails” as well. When Roy and Dale sang that song at the end you just somehow knew your day, your little world, was going to be alright again. Thanks for the comments, Vicki!

  • C L Gillmore says:

    Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog and comment. It means a lot to hear from old friends like you, Jan. We did cut our teeth on some serious political issues in the ’60s that taught us to question our leaders…our government. It was a good thing then and it is a good thing now. I have enjoyed following your cross-country trek blog too! Could we ever have imagined where our lives would take us all those many years ago? And to think that we saw it on…not Mulberry Street…but Hershey and Main!

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