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Topic: Reward (09/27/04)

TITLE: Horse Sense
By Glenn A. Hascall
09/28/04

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Cowboy Carl once rode ‘The Trail’
Riding high up in the saddle
On a horse named Chet with mangy tail
And asthmatic lungs that rattle

A strapping ‘joe’ and feeble steed
Hobbling westward toward the sun
A swaybacked nag in need of feed
Carrying an outlaw with a gun

To his credit Carl desired a burly horse
A lack of funds - the haunting question
Chet was gentle, kind and cheap of course
But bore massive stallion indigestion

Not so bad it seems if you’re upwind
Eyes watered down the trail
The strongest muscle was Chet’s rear end
Beware the horse’s tail

A bandana rests ‘round cowboy’s neck
Dust parching the duo’s throats
Chet’s aching limbs are held in check
By the disdain of gazing goats

With the bank in view, a plan is hatched
Carl covered handsome features
Chet waited outside while wits were matched
With a gorgeous equine creature

Chet followed down the wide main drag
While Carl finished up inside
Man and horse in a game of tag
Carl’s luck just missed his ride

The Sheriff tracked young Carl down
Tossed him in the hoosegow
Three squares a day and a pillow down
Cowboy Carl’s making bitter vows

You may find Chet long in the tooth
But he is no longer bored
A pretty filly in a pasture - truth?
Good company’s its own reward


Member Comments
Member Date
Teresa Lee Rainey10/04/04
That was fun! Poor Chet was a smart stallion even with his inners turmoilin' to stanky air!
Corinne Smelker 10/04/04
LOL - this is too funny - you are a man of many talents too - a poet, a novelist, a broadcaster... love to read your stuff
Lynda Lee Schab 10/04/04
ROFL! It's all coming together now...Chet...gas...
What a hoot! (or should I say, "toot" :-))
Loved it!
Lynda
Linda Germain 10/04/04
I love a smart horse story! "Eyes watered down the trail" > A+.
Whatever makes you read between and under the lines is more fun. A few buried word nuggets are always a treasure. Good job-Cowboy Bob.
L.M. Lee10/08/04
wow, what a surprise! this was great!