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Cowboy expose
by john k zimmerman

Thursday, December 01, 2005
Rated "G" by the Author.
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a tale ow two cultures

Ole Red is getting his winter coat,
I noticed today as I brushed him—
finally, It is December, after all/
snow tonight, maybe it’ll stay
cover the winter wheat and the
summer fallow. We’re off to
move the cows down to
the lower pasture among
the poplars.
With the trees for wind breaks
a dozen round bales
and a daily bushel
of grain they’ll come through
the winter in fine shape.

The open winter has already
saved us twenty five bales
and a truck load of grain…
makes up, I guess, for the
drought and the low
grain prices

Red works cows pretty good,
but he don’t like it
neither the work nor
the critters.
Cows are the second stupidest thing on
God’s earth an old farmer
told me once…Red would agree.

They’ll wade belly deep in a
half frozen slough
then bawl all night till you
ride in to pull ‘em out.
And they never calf in good weather.
They wait till some damned
spring storm sends them drifting
half way t'Manitoba then they’ll
drop calves in every thorn filled
coulee along the route.

“The stupidest critter on god’s earth?”
The old farmer leaned on his
fork in the evening dusk, rolled
another cigarette,
pasted it to his lip --
in the sulfurous flare of the Lucifer
he went on---

“Why, the cowboy, of course.”

Red would agree…

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Reviewed by Frank Whyte 1/15/2006
I see that you, too, are a fan of the work-a-day language and what it lends to our thoughts. Sometimes the pictures are best painted in pastels, and often, stories told simply, are also told honestly, and those are the ones we remember.

I really enjoyed this.

Reviewed by Muhammad Al Mahdi 12/13/2005
Nice in flow and original in content,interesting with its sandy colours.
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 12/11/2005
Thanks for sharing your wit and humor, John. Love and peace.

Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 12/2/2005
Great farmyard imagery....and "stupidity" woven snugly together!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 12/1/2005
I guess Red is a dog, Rufuz would love to help herd those cows, he does not seem too good with horses, as they can kick too hard, learned his lesson he did, LOL...Ed
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 12/1/2005
This is good. Kinda nostalgic. like poetry used to be written. Made me smile, thanks for that.
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 12/1/2005
LOL loved the ending! I do enjoy your writing so much!
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