Western Poetry posted April 8, 2019


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Never did think rattlers were food

Stew Done Me In

by Gail Denham

Went through two pair of Sears Roebuck
boots that cattle driving summer.
No one ever crossed our trail boss Chuck.
the overseer of this crusty dust-eatin' crew.

Like to starved right through June
Since old Cookie didn't know how
to cook much but beans while humming his crazy tune:
"Sure do love that sweet young gal in Vegas".

Tired of squattin' low behind a sage bush
for my business, or sleeping on piles of ground-up boulders.
Then have to jump into the saddle to yell and push
a bunch of onery, stubborn sons of... cows.

Bout up and quit the whole stinkin' show.
when boss Chuck told me: "Take the night shift,
"and watch for coyotes. They can tow
off a calf quicker you can turn your horse around."

What pounded in the last nail for me
was the night Cook managed a tasty stew.
Had to offer him a high five and a "yippee".
Left when I heard it was rattler. "Chicken tastin', ain't it?"


Western writing prompt entry
Writing Prompt
Write a rhyming poem with a western theme. Can be a story or poem, any length, but must rhyme.


Now they say rattler tastes like chicken - they say that about a lot of things I'd rather not eat. Guess I have a limited diet.
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