Tales from the O-NO Ranch 4-12-10
I ain’t quite figured out
how it turns out so
that I get this peaceful feelin’
when I’m always on the go.
It sometimes happens with a good hoss
‘tween my knees,
a’checkin’ newborn calves amongst
a warm springtime breeze.
Or it just might be when I’m stackin’
hay bales up in the barn
My lower back starts a’talkin’ to me
and it’s only the middle of the morn.
And on occasion when I’m puttin’
shoes on my ole hoss,
My eyes are winkin’ at the sun
and full of sweat,
and for words I’m at a loss.
Got no palm pilot, Blackberry, I Pod,
or gadgets such as that.
Them things that distract a man
and keep ’em lazy and fat.
It just might be in this ole world
a little less stress,
a few less visits to the Doc
and I can only guess …
That if every soul could walk in my boots
take off the tie and ditch the suits,
Lay down and sleep unassisted
through the night,
Rise on the morn and find
their world to be all right.
Country folks don’t worry much
’bout their kids.
‘Cause their heads have been
screwed on straight.
The little buttons work hard
and plan ahead
And know full well
to pull their weight.
So pard, if this morning you find
Go find a hoss to ride
and you won’t be so stressed.
It just might be that’s something
thats out of yer reach.
But surely you have understood
this lesson I’ve tried to teach.
You too can be a cowboy
if only in yer mind.
It just might be you too can whip and spur
if you’ll just take the time.
Take time, gentle readers to get out this spring and enjoy the blessings of this time of the year. I trust you had a happy Easter. Stay tuned check yer cinch on occasion and I’ll c. ya.
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Hudspeth County, Texas — In the fall of 2019, ranch hands were gathering a bull when they noticed something out of place. One of their employer’s cows was freshly branded, with someone else’s brand.