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This Cowboy Life

By Sandy Lemmon, Crawford , NE

 

March 2013 issue  

The wind was blowin’ as we were headin’ back,

With close to five miles to go—

It was pushin’ us along—thank goodness for that

And so far it hadn’t started to snow.

 

The weather was forcastin’ 6 to 10 inches,

And temperature down below ten,

And we knew we were missin’ five renegade cows,

And figured we better go get ‘em—again!  

 

We’d found ‘em in a draw, out of the wind,

They were surprised when we came from the trees—

And took off in a lumbering not-going-fast run,

Stumblin’ and goin’ down to their knees.

 

They were stiff from standin’ around,

But warmed up might right soon,

And we had to hustle so they’d keep goin’ north,

Not take off and head for the moon.

 

Four miles to go with the gates all wide open,

Movin’ at a nice steady trot,

Wind at our back, we could taste our home’s coffee,

When suddenly we both heard the shot.

 

And out of the trees came a big, old brown bear,

Lopin’ in his funny way,

And struck by surprise, we and the cows,

Stopped—with nothing to say.  

 

 

Well, I guess that bear thought he could hide in a herd,

And headed for our little bunch—

And the cows maybe thought “he’s not one of us”

Or maybe they were feeling like lunch!

 

So the cows headed out, luckily north,

Runnin’ a line straight and true—

And the bear followed behind them—no idea why,

And we followed.  What else could we do?

 

The cows were getting tired, and so were our mounts,

The bear was doin’ just fine,

When I heard a strange rumblin' noise getting’ louder

Comin’ from somewhere behind.

 

And, lo and behold, a snowmobile showed,

And moved on up to the bear,

And my partner and I—numb from the cold?—

Could do nothing but sit there and stare.  

 

 

Assuming the snowmobilers fired the shot,

We wondered why they didn’t shoot again

Instead of just aiming right toward the bear,

A wreck was comin’, we just didn’t know when!

 

And just at that moment as the bear reared right up,

The driver chickened and tried to steer by,

The bear swiped a paw, the snowmobile tipped,

We were amazed how far it could fly!

 

The bear looked at us once, over his shoulder,

Then ambled on down a close draw—

We rode to the machine, now firmly wedged in some trees,

And stared at the mess in awe.

 

It took some time to sort this all out,

Cell phones sure come in handy,

The rescue team hauled the snowmobilers to jail,

They’d been thrown off, but were just fine and dandy.  

 

 

We rode three miles home, with snow startin’ to fall,

Leavin’ the cow roundup for some other day,

And rounded the barn to find the five cows in the lot,

Munching the scattered out hay.

 

Unsaddled our horses, turned them on out,

Darkness had long ago come—

Sat down for coffee, ‘bout six hours late—

What livin’!  Ain’t cowboy life fun?

 

 

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