“……Oh, who is that telling us we cannot give up?”







“……Oh, who is that telling us we cannot give up?”




Stoppely, poppely, trammely, scammely friends did go down:

Go down in heaps of arms and legs and noses and ears so warped

As they squeezed into ever more narrow trails to reach a crown

Of glory they knew only by report, never seen yet as they carped.



“Oh, we uns so measely, so weasely wid all dis fallin’!

“Why, oh why, canst we not just lie down to die?

“Why, oh, why canst we not be done, not countin’, so smallin’?

“Weez be better for feedin’ de weeds in dis earth, no more to try!”



Then came whirlwind and dark, then oh-so-bright and still:

The Voice: “Where were you when I made the rocks and the weeds?

“Where were you when I set all these sunrays and starbrights to thrill?

“Where were you when I set this clear, narrow path for questing deeds?”



“Hark and bark, ye knockin-noggin critters!” called down Old Crow.

“Hear now the voice of Your Lord telling of all His Power to hold you,

“To hold you on this path, to uphold you in His Care, all for to show

“His Glory in making so great rewards and crowns for the true-blue.”




79 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. eof737
    Jun 26, 2012 @ 04:41:39

    Yep, giving up is not an option. 🙂

    • granbee
      Jun 26, 2012 @ 06:08:37

      No give-up in you, I can tell! Hooray!

      • eof737
        Jun 29, 2012 @ 17:40:57

        And neither in you. Amen to that. BY the way, your gravatar is linked to a blank page on Twitter instead of your blog. Is that what you wanted or did something happen?

        • granbee
          Jun 30, 2012 @ 02:49:35

          Well, something must have happened since I set up my Gravatar. Thanks for the heads-up: am fixing that right now! No giving up!

        • granbee
          Jun 30, 2012 @ 02:53:26

          eof, I just check my gravatar and it is linked to my blog just like I set it up: under the penquins under “blogger” and to the left under verified services, where my wordpress blog link is listed as “granbee.wordpress.com”, okay? You have to click on “see complete profile” after clicking on the gravatar to see all of this!

  2. cocomino
    Jun 26, 2012 @ 06:01:13

    We shouldn’t give up but sometimes we need to take a rest.

    • granbee
      Jun 26, 2012 @ 06:09:30

      Resting IS important–we can then make better decisions with more joy about how to move ahead on the journey. But let us not confuse resting with giving up.

  3. Jeannie
    Jun 26, 2012 @ 06:22:17

    No no no! No giving up! If we get too tired He’ll carry us. What a cute story to convey this important message. 🙂

    PS. Granbee, I haven’t forgot about reading your stories–I got sidetracked with computer problems and then a new job! I’ll be back to reading your stories asap.

    And Bobbie (tornadoday) said to let you know that she thinks her comments are going to your spam folder! Arrrgh!

    • granbee
      Jun 26, 2012 @ 06:30:53

      I have not seen tornadoday’s comments lately! I really do not know why they would disappear UNLESS she is trying to comment on posts over 30 days old. So thrilled you enjoyed this last post of mine about never giving up. We have HIM of ALL POWER and LOVE upholding Him, you know!

  4. willowdot21
    Jun 26, 2012 @ 06:22:48

    The way of the One is never easy, they is never winding they is straight up and down good! They is do as you would be done by do as you would be good!

    • granbee
      Jun 26, 2012 @ 06:31:48

      Yes, dear willowdot, a difficult journey with many ups and downs and falling downs, but SO WORTH the “keeping on”!

      • willowdot21
        Jun 27, 2012 @ 00:22:36

        Yes this is so true but just occasionally we wonder why we have to travel such a hard road and we pray that the reward will be great. Then I worry, for isn’t it wrong to expect a huge reward.

  5. asoulwalker
    Jun 26, 2012 @ 09:58:24

    It is beautiful.

  6. lscotthoughts
    Jun 26, 2012 @ 10:04:36

    Wonderful message of never giving up, Rose, and for us to listen to the Lord and let His Light lead us forward~love having you back! xo

    • granbee
      Jun 27, 2012 @ 02:40:50

      Lauren, loving being back with you guys. Yes, we are to continue seeking and questing until we are rewarded with the Ultimate Light of His love and grace.

  7. Claudia
    Jun 26, 2012 @ 11:39:10

    so good that we can fail and get up and walk again…much grace in this…great message granbee

  8. Indira
    Jun 26, 2012 @ 13:01:48

    Sometimes it looks very difficult to get up and……but yes someone says you can’t fail now, you have to go on till the end comes. Thanks, you share beautiful and meaningful poetry Granbee.

    • granbee
      Jun 27, 2012 @ 02:42:17

      Bless you, dear sweet Indira for your thoughtful, insightful commentary and support here. Let us hold tightly to each other in our questing!

      • Indira
        Jun 27, 2012 @ 12:41:59

        Yes granbee we should, your post are so soothing, informative and encouraging, sometimes I don’t find words to comment. thanks for sharing.

  9. worshipandswag
    Jun 26, 2012 @ 13:15:02

    Boy falling down ain’t hard, but getting up, especially in the presence of stares and eyes full of mockery, is challenging. But thanks to God who lets us know that He is our strength when we are weak. Very thoughtful, Granbee 🙂

    • granbee
      Jun 27, 2012 @ 02:43:14

      As Psalms tells us, we are not to sit in the seat of the scornful. The best way to stay away from scoffers is to keep on trekking!

  10. Soma Mukherjee
    Jun 26, 2012 @ 14:06:33

    you you are always saying so and i am so glad you do …. 🙂
    keep going of course you will fall
    but falling means you tried
    so try try try again 🙂

    • granbee
      Jun 27, 2012 @ 02:44:08

      Yes, as some of our coaches used to tell us, our bruises, scrapes and scars prove we were truly “in the game.” Marks of honor for us questers, Soma!

  11. Cat Forsley
    Jun 26, 2012 @ 18:37:31

    I totally agree with Soma xo
    We Gotta keep Going – no matter how many times we stumble – or fall – or both 🙂 xoxoxo

  12. becca givens
    Jun 26, 2012 @ 23:09:37

    There are times (nanoseconds) I think about giving up but that seems like blasphemy considering all that was/is offered up for me!! xoxo

    Powerful reminder, granbee. Thank you!! 😀

    • granbee
      Jun 27, 2012 @ 02:46:03

      Yes, dear sister Becca, we are offered such huge, immeasurable amounts of grace that we are mostly drawn towards the Light like filings to a magnet!

  13. totsymae1011
    Jun 27, 2012 @ 20:24:41

    Knock nogging? Does that mean they were flapping their gums too much. Maybe them warped ears need a little doctor visit.

  14. Christy Birmingham
    Jun 28, 2012 @ 01:23:24

    “did go down in heaps of arms and legs…” – this post is filled with memorable lines like this one!

    • granbee
      Jun 28, 2012 @ 03:39:43

      SO glad to have you back here, offering such great commentary support,ChristyB. Eager to get back over to your blog, as well!

  15. Jane Thorne
    Jun 28, 2012 @ 20:49:47

    Trust and faith dear Rose…roses for you xxx

  16. mtsweat
    Jun 30, 2012 @ 09:49:54

    Loved this granbee! We always can rely on you to add pleasantries to our lives over here. Thanks for the words of grace, good friend. Your friends make our day! God bless.

    • granbee
      Jun 30, 2012 @ 22:11:38

      So very, very pleased you are finding pleasantries from these critterly friends and their “doings”! Thank you so much for your ongoing support and encouragement. It means a great deal to me.

  17. writinggomer
    Jun 30, 2012 @ 09:57:54

    I’m back!!! Quick…hide the comments section!

    Loved this Rose, thank you!

    Fear not critters
    The Lord is with you
    Fear not, the road ahead is marked

    Walk, run, stumble
    Move down the path
    The keeper of the path is near

    Lets be a goin now
    Time to be about the Lord’s work
    No time to waste

    The days are getting shorter
    The end is near

    The dark is coming
    We must be ready
    Lamps filled and burning

    Trust in the One
    Move ahead
    Keep the fire burning

    Praise the Lord
    Sing His Name
    Hallelujah to the One and Only!

  18. frizztext (@frizztext)
    Jul 04, 2012 @ 15:36:34

    “……Oh, who is that telling us we cannot give up?” – a good title, Rose, related to the theme PERSEVERANCE – maybe you know, once I’ve written a book about
    “The Perseverance Of The Philosophers” …

    • granbee
      Jul 06, 2012 @ 06:08:38

      Wow. Frizz, no wonder you and I have started clicking and conversing on both wordpress and Twitter! The elders of my childhood drilled into the very center of my soul, “Keep on keeping on” and “Can’t never could!” Looking forward to checking out your book! Thanks so much for making it easy with this link.

  19. Francina
    Jul 07, 2012 @ 00:12:57

    Stoppely, poppely, trammely, scammely friends did go down:

    I love this sentence, Rose..

    Ciao, Francina

    • granbee
      Jul 07, 2012 @ 02:27:30

      Francina, I am extremely pleased that a fine poet such as yourself would love these tumbling lines of mine! Thank you!

      • Francina
        Jul 07, 2012 @ 04:28:44

        You’re mostly welcome , Rose..the line reads so smooth with the double rhymes in it. 🙂

        • granbee
          Jul 07, 2012 @ 04:37:58

          WOW, Francina–what a affirmation–double rhymes I did use but YOU are the one to celebrate this choice with me here today! Hugs!

  20. bardessdmdenton
    Jul 11, 2012 @ 06:08:57

    ‘As they squeezed into ever more narrow trails to reach a crown
    Of glory they knew only by report…’

    Trust, faith, believe we are being guided towards the purpose of our lives … so much wisdom in this journey you share, Rose!

    • granbee
      Jul 12, 2012 @ 03:01:03

      We MUST seek our true path with great discernment, Diane! So many twists and turns and bordering tempations to distract us, you know!

  21. littlesundog
    Jul 12, 2012 @ 05:24:21

    My next blog post is dedicated to your message of “never give up”!! It will be titled, “The Day Mr. Maxtor Ate My Photos”… you’ve inspired me, my friend!! Your prose is so descriptive and thought-provoking!!

    • granbee
      Jul 13, 2012 @ 05:22:37

      WOW, such an honor to have you here commenting on my blog like this! Incredible that this post has inspired YOUR next post! I am star-struck!

  22. cottonbombs
    Jul 17, 2012 @ 12:45:19

    Rose! Of course, never give up! Tonight I am proof of that. I’m back looking for more, even as the last reply was denied me. Keep on being the cheerleader for hope and truth, Rose! The light of your truth and hope shines off this computer screen!

    • granbee
      Jul 18, 2012 @ 02:10:57

      Bless you a thousand times over, dear Peter, for such wonderful affirmation that I am on the right track spiritually in writing this critterly journey! I am cheering ALWAYS for YOU, dear Peter!

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