Tri-Monthly Cowboy Poetry by Spur Nutcheck
Words by Jon Baty
Art by Curtis Allen
“An Ode to My Friend, Horse”
We’ve shared an adventure: me and you
Over cattle fields and dust.
I know when I’m up high in my saddle
It’s always you that I can trust.
I remember the time we fought that man
Who had shot at us and run.
That glint in your eye seemed to say, “go get ‘em!”
So, we chased him to the sun.
Or that other time when I “accidentally” ran over that door-to-door salesman
Well, what was I to do?
With that glint in your eye and your horse teeth smile
You had the same thought, too.
We buried him in the neighbor’s back yard
While they were gone away.
And when the police squad arrested them
“They seemed so nice,” was what we’d say.
Or do you ‘member that time we were a sniffin’
That powder, milky white?
We chased the dragon, both of us
That starry summer night.
We’ve had ourselves adventures
Been East, West, North, and South
But now I have to kill you
Cause you can’t shut your tattlin’ mouth.
“The feds, they were a pressurin’ me,”
Is what you had to say.
“I swear, I cross my horse heart
With my horse hooves this way.”
But my friend, we’ve gone too far
And parting is so sweet.
And just in case that ain’t messed up enough,
Tonight, I dine on horse friend meat.