Gail Steiger


Two months from Elko
busy branding calves,
begging for rain and grass,

we listen under an empty
overcast to “A Matter
of Believin’” as if Gail

were here with 100 years
of ranching lessons
in poetry and song.

South slopes all but done,
thin feed gray on clay
showing again,

it’s time to love
this short spring
wrapped in wildflowers

with our old friend
and glass of wine—
the whole show

mostly behind us now,
we indulge ourselves,
embrace the storms

of good fortune
we have worn well—
believing and trusting,

adapting like cattle
to these same hills
just harvesting grass.


4 responses to “TIME TO LOVE

  1. Love this one, John. And I loved listening to the youtube clips on the link you provided for Gail Steiger!


    • I am glad, Angeline, that you heard his voice. Gail’s perspective of the ranching culture and traditions on the live performance of this CD is important and educational. We’re ordering a dozen copies to give away as gifts to friends, in and out of the cattle business.

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  2. Well said. I’ve been listening to this CD coming and going from town and it helps put things into perspective. Wish I could be there to enjoy the wine and the listening in such good company. Cheers to you and Robbin!

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