HOMER COVE 2019

 

 

How I crave the feel
                    of an old soft rope
                    in my hand,
                    spoke-balance loop
                    like an open mouth
                    hungry for heels
in the branding pen.

                    Fifty years
                    I’ve marked calves
                    on this spot,

                                        chicken-coop corrals:
                                        bog in the gate
                                        that Giz built:
                                                            hog wire stapled
                                                            over a 2 x 6 rectangle
                                                            I drug through the mud—
                                        replaced and almost forgotten.

It’s hard to let go:

                    same horseback look
                    south down-canyon,
                    creek meandering a bowl
                    of fresh green feed,

                    safe and apart
                    from a hazy world
                    beyond the narrows—

the feel of my rope
among neighbors
roping calves around a fire—

reliving a dream
on a borrowed horse.

 

4 responses to “HOMER COVE 2019

  1. Surely the essence of cowboy is what imparts the flavor to top beef.

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    • Surely. Just took a look at a 4H steer hanging in the locker plant that we bought at the fair… so we mustn’t forget the kids that hopefully add flavor, too.

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  2. Kids…the tenderest part of the cowboy. (and the origin) ;o)

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