Oklahoma sunset from the cow pasture.
Enjoy one of your favorite views on your birthday, Gramps!
And this poem is for you, although I don’t know if you’ve ever tried to saddle your Arctic Cat. Have you?
Enjoy Cold Morning courtesy of High Plains Journal and a great cowboy poet and fellow Oklahoman, Joe Kreger.
By Joe Kreger
It’s daylight now; snow fell last night. Then, the wind came up and blew it. You’ve already got your coftee drank, so it’s time to go and do it.
Twenty years ago, it was easier to get started in the morning. But age is a lot like snow storms. It hits you without warning.
Gettin’ older is plumb natural. It’s not like some disease. But, you really start to notice when it’s only three degrees.
I remember when my winter gear was a jacket and wool shirt. Now it takes about seven layers to keep out winter’s hurt.
Well, I’ll let the sun get higher. Believe I’ll drink another cup. Sure hope nothin’ happens to make me saddle up.
Hope there ain’t no cattle out. I’m not wantin’ to mount my steed. It won’t be so bad, if all I do is just chop ice and feed.
Sure hope no calves are sick today, and no cows are needin’ treated. I’d like to do my ridin’ in a pickup that is heated.
I could use a little winter help, but I’m glad that there’s no witness to observe this old hand a workin’ in his present physical fitness.
‘Cause when I’m totin’ buckets or choppin’ ice in the snow, I pause in my exertion by raisin’ up to blow.
There’s just somethin’ about workin out in the snow and cold that makes your wind come harder, and you start a feelin’ old.
And cowboyin’ loses its luster when the gates are all froze shut, or when you’re stabbin’ for a stirrup and you slip and fall on your butt.
I know you do what you gotta do, regardless of the weather, but winter dang sure ain’t my choice when it comes to poppin’ leather.
Joe Kreger writes from his home in Tonkawa, Oklahoma. His books and CDs are available from the Journal by calling 1-800-954-5263.
Y’all have a good weekend. God bless, and enjoy Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver doing Beyond the Sunset For Me