Johnny Cash

Born 26 Feb 1932
in Kingsland, Arkansas

Died 12 Sep 2003
 in Nashville, Tennessee
Shelby Hollis Peters

Born 9 Feb 1932
in Marfork, West Virginia

Died 28 July 1967
 in Abilene, Texas

Sons of Common Men


by Mike Peters


The son of a coal miner was from Marfork in Raleigh County. 
The son of a sharecropper was from Arkansas.

The son of a coal miner got out of the mines by joining the military. 
The son of a sharecropper got out of the fields by doing the same.

The son of a coal miner fought in Korea. 
The son of a sharecropper was stationed in Germany.

The son of a coal miner was wild in his youth and this spilled over into
his first years of marriage--the drinking, gambling and carousing. 
The son of a  sharecropper was addicted to drugs.

The son of a coal miner and the son of a sharecropper would eventually
 walk the straight and narrow, thanks to God and a good woman's
unconditional love.

The son of a coal miner loved country music. 
The son of a sharecropper sang it.

The son of a coal miner led a private life as Daddy. 
The son of a sharecropper was "the Man in Black."

The son of a coal miner and the son of a sharecropper were distant cousins,
but neither knew it.  Therein lies the tragedy!

Sincerely,

Mike Peters
npeters102@aol.com
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