Ode To A Cowgirl

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic


A taste of the cowgirl life and a glimpse into the mirror of her heart

Submitted: November 19, 2017

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Dry, split fingers

taped and glued

wind chapped

lips,

trail dusted

face

Itchy straw stuck

 to sweaty skin ,

trap muscles

burning

blistering sun

rock hard hail

pelting sideways

relentless

hours

under heavens rains

pitch black

midnight rides

over

boulder fields

6:00 a.m.

slinging bales

lifting loads

more than half

a woman's weight

 eighteen hours

a day

in the saddle

sore knees

hot feet,

aching shoulder

forever torn

by a

horse pack

string

Winds that loose

a hat

wet snows

that soak

through gloves

Spring

mosquitoes

making

breathing

impossible

Nodding off

to sleep

in the saddle,

hips at one

with the

lulling gait

treacherous

rocky ridges

leading to the end 

3 a.m.

catching horses

in snowy fields,

searching

through heavy

blinding

fogs

vulnerable

under angry

skies of

thunder and lightning

Iced frozen hobbles

lost pickets

buried too deep

A cowgirls pain forgotten.

Riding

into perfect

pastel sunrises,

chilly and alone

Into

the silent

heart

of Wyoming's

youthful

rugged

rock

rider

and horses

meander

deeper

Aspens

Lodgepole

Whitebark

pines

Engleman

spruce

their only

witness 

time to

contemplate

as environment

becomes

the soul

No separation

earth,

animal

rider

Mountain passes

holding

remnants of

Continental

glaciers

drink

bathe

in their

cleansing waters

Evening Primrose

Bitteroot

Sage

Scarlet Gilia

Arnica

Flax

Forget-me-not

Columbine

Paintbrush

Phlox

A cowgirls pain forgotten.

Only sun

and moon

dictate

time

where cathedral

peaks

speak to

heaven

of our

immense

insignificance

and inherent

power

just to be

 

 

 

 

 


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