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Millions of cattle died in the great plains blizzard of 1886
The Big Die-Up of 1886 by STEPHEN A CARTER
 Category:  General Poetry
  Posted: December 6, 2013      Views: 61

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The Big Die-Up of 1886

A cold wind moans across the plains
Freezing bloated steer remains.
They lay about like kettledrums
And in the night the barbed wire hums.

Drifts ten feet high are sharp defined
As if the clouds above were mined,
A stray calf wades by through the mire
And dies against three strands of wire.

The 'Big Die-Up' as it was known
Was caused by wire that man had sown.
For miles a Texas drift fence lay
That kept the longhorn herds at bay.

No longer south could cattle roam
A hundred miles to find a home
Where food and shelter did abide,
So now they froze and millions died.

For forty miles along one fence
The slaughter defied common sense.
A thousand ranchers were wiped out
By Hell itself without a doubt.


Author Notes
From Kansas east to the Atlantic and south to the Texas panhandle, the great blizzard of 1886 paralyzed a nation. Especially hard hit were the Texas cattle men for barbed wire proved to be their undoing. This is poem #86.
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