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Where No Oxen Are
by Connie Hinnen Cook
Monday, August 28, 2006
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I love my hubby, yes I do
but there are times, I'm telling you
when I recall my single life
when I was me, not Mrs. Wife,
when I could do the things I please
and had a place for my car keys,
the TV clicker in its spot
my day was simple, now it's not...


I know my man's been snacking
'cause I see just what he ate:
old dried-out potato chips
are sticking to his plate,
I know where he was sitting
and the chair he took his snooze,
for there's his empty drinking glass
and here's his tennis shoes.

And every morning without fail
this man that I adore
leaves gloppy toothpaste in the sink
with wet towels on the floor,
TP dispenser's empty
and the seat is up, you bet
with toast crumbs on the counter...
still he grins, "Don't be upset!"

Yes, he's my bread and butter
and I love this messy ox
so I'll spend my remaining days
retrieving dirty socks,
'cause he brings home the bacon
he's the one who pays the bill,
my stubborn ox still owns my heart
and God knows, always will!

~ Connie ~

"Where no oxen are,
the crib is clean:
but much increase
is by the strength
of the ox."
(Proverb 14:4 KJV)

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Reviewed by Kenny Baez 12/30/2008
This so funny, and it's the Year of the Ox in 2009 in the Chinese calender.

I'm an ox by this calender, so roll on 2009.

Loved your poem!
Reviewed by John Domino 9/27/2008

Reviewed by Domino, Michael 9/27/2008


You have God gifted talent.

Please visit my website, it is filled with Christian Inspiration.

Yours In Christ,

John Michael

Reviewed by Poetess of The Soul Sheila G 8/18/2008
What an AWESOME POEM! and I bet he appreciated!
All you put up with too!
God Bless, Warrior Lady Sheexooo
Reviewed by Todd-Michael St. Pierre 8/7/2008
Very well written and clever!
Reviewed by Jill Eisnaugle 2/1/2007
Connie, I know you are looking down from Heaven, smiling upon us, right now. This is a sweet poem. To the Cook family, my condolences for your loss. Connie was an amazing talent!

God Bless You, always,
Jill Eisnaugle
Reviewed by Kay P Devenish 2/1/2007
Connie,this poem is just adorable and so sweet.Your hubbie sounds cute and I think he is a lucky and blessed man to have you for his wife.
Best wishes
and hugs
Reviewed by Rick Lodewell 1/31/2007
Funny and true!
Reviewed by Ron (sketchman) Axelson 10/17/2006
Enjoyable write Connie...
We all have our little mishaps in
Glad you love your man...
Reviewed by Joyce Bowling 9/29/2006
Connie Faust told me that I would enjoy your poetry and right she was...this is so realistic and wonderfully written. Look forward to reading more.
Joyce Bowling
Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader) 9/25/2006
Connie, this is delightful. It touches a chord, I am sure, with every wife out there, including me. Love it.

Reviewed by Regis Auffray 9/15/2006
You are very patient... ...and loving. I think he's very fortunate. Thank you for sharing your wit and humor. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by Rhonda Galizia 9/9/2006
This is perfectly delightful - and powerful, Connie!
And I understand you, perfectly well...LOL

Outstanding comedic truth!
Love, Rhonda
Reviewed by Vesna Blueflame 8/31/2006
Wow! This is so damned it..

Reviewed by Anna Marie Fritz (Reader) 8/30/2006
Priceless, Connie!!!
Couldn't have said it better, myself.
The Proverb fits it well, too.
Reviewed by Ch'erie de Perrot 8/28/2006
Wouldn't trade the Ox in on a yearling...
Too hard to retrain, got this one organized, and he dont leave that dunny seat up either!!
LOL Neat write Connie
Reviewed by Mark Carroll 8/28/2006
I hate it when I find such a gem after everyone else has laid it on.


best wishes with dishes and dirty sox
dirty fields well plowed are done by ox

Reviewed by E T Waldron 8/28/2006
A perfect picture with the perfect scripture, what a whiz you are Connie!;-) Love how you conclued! Well done!

Reviewed by Mary Quire 8/28/2006
LOL. Nicely written.
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 8/28/2006
This is painted the perfect picture....and with three boys to fill the picture I think you get a pretty good Idea why I lost my!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Connie Faust 8/28/2006
Connie to Connie--
You are so cute & funny--that's a fact. I believe every word, but I think you should give the stubborn ox equal time.
He just might reveal a thing or two about Mrs. Ox.
Bottom line? He's worth it, you made that clear!
Reviewed by Victor Buhagiar (Reader) 8/28/2006
Connie, I believe that whatever our status in life is, we always tend to grumble, summer is hot and dry, winter is cold and wet. But we always make the best of it and when we're in love, then it's worth the effort. Victor
Reviewed by Dove JoAnne Cromp (Reader) 8/28/2006
I hear ya..I got a kick out of this one, Connie..hehehe

Eternal Love, Dove
Reviewed by Steven Ulmen 8/28/2006
This is a charming ode, not only to husbands, but also to my favorite animal, the ox.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 8/28/2006
LOLOLOL, Connie,

What would you do without your man? You love him, and it shows in this wonderful, gently sarcastic write. Well done!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by H. Lena Jones 8/28/2006
So, you've got one of those, too, eh Connie? This made me laugh. But how we love our hubbies, no matter what. The little things they do are not really that bad...for when they're away on business trips, we do miss the glob of toothpaste in the sink, the crumbs left on the kitchen counter, the empty toilet roll holder, the snores that keep us's a case of can't live without them! We're only half a person when they not around. :) Terrific poem...loved it!

God Bless
Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green 8/28/2006
:) L O L (: Me hubby is neater'n most, but it doesn't keep me
from fantasizing about marrying a {stereotypical} gay so
I wouldn't have to rearrange and plump the pillows on the couch
ever-d_-day and compromise on decor, 'cet-yata-'cet. Also, the
trade-in would help me choose chick-fliks and give
me much-needed wardrobe advice. . .I hear there are women who
choose these sorts of things over sex. . .Whoa! First things
first!! T h a n k y o u for a most enjoyable read!! It's just
FABulous.;() 'Pea' <3
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 8/28/2006
my stubborn ox still owns my heart
and God knows, always will!

Thank God for those who love we stubborn oxes. But I think leaving the seat up is built into our oxen DNA!
Reviewed by Felix Perry 8/28/2006
I think this is a wonderful write though I am sure you might get some flack from the women libbers who might think you are being held prisoner of the 40's lol but hey like I always say if it works for you two and you are happy go for it.

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