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Oh give me just one day to free my mind,to create to listen, to walk, to quiet my soul,to cool down,to carry on~ My photographs and other artworks are inspired by the wonder, simplicity and quietude of every day life. In every photograph,sketch, painting or textile piece, I hope to capture the spirit, the mood, the song of my subjects. I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. My creative spirit awakened when I moved to Northwest Montana where there was plenty of room to roam with my camera and places to be alone with nature and its inhabitants. All my photographs are professionally printed by acclaimed Bozeman, MT artist/ photographer Rob Outlaw on archival quality fine art paper. My frames are custom built by artist Richard Moore of Wind and Snow Art Gallery in Polson, MT.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

.~Closer To Heaven.~

 
Cowboy Cooper Marvel
(January 31st, 2000 - Present) 
 
It was at the end of February 2000 that Cowboy came into my life. 
I'd been away on a business trip.
The hours were long and arduous.
To add insult to injury,
 I got stuck in a snow storm
 which delayed me from coming straight home.
The roads were completely shut down.
When the weather finally cleared up,
the roads were still snow packed and icy.
I was driving 25 miles an hour.
The only highlight of the drive was hearing
 the Dixie Chick's song
Cowboy Take Me Away
for the first time.
I remember crying through the entire song
as it so represented the core of who I am and how I want to live my life.
 
"I said I wanna touch the earth I wanna break it in my hands
I wanna grow something wild and unruly
I wanna sleep on the hard ground in the comfort of your arms
On a pillow of blue bonnets in a blanket made of stars

Oh it sounds good to me
I said

Cowboy take me away fly this girl as high as you can into the wild blue
Set me free oh I pray closer to heaven above and closer to you
Closer to you

I wanna walk and not run, I wanna skip and not fall
I wanna look at the horizon, and not see a building standing tall
I wanna be the only one, for miles and miles
Except for maybe you, and your simple smile

Oh it sounds good to me, yes it sounds so good to me,

Cowboy take me away, fly this girl as high as you can into the wild blue
Set me free, oh, I pray, closer to heaven above, and closer to you
Closer to you  ... .


I finally got home safe but utterly exhausted.
Little did I know that my life was about to change forever. 

I opened the door and to my surprise there was
a little bitty puppy
with a red bandana wrapped around his neck
waiting for me.
 
My husband informed me that he named him Cowboy.
Serendipity?
Why yes, I think so.

It was at that moment that Cowboy stole my heart.
I cannot imagine my life with out him.
His unconditional love fills my soul
and just like the song says
he has a way of flying my spirit as high as it can
into the wild blue.

Oh and that" simple smile" of his does indeed take me away.

oxoxoxox

 

3 comments:

Luba Hoffman said...

Beautiful Traci. I thought that you got Cowboy and Cowgirl at the same time... Would love to hear/read that story. :-)

Traci Marvel said...

Cowgirl came later. I will tell that story too. I am still healing from her passing. ox

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