IT SORTA MAKES SENSE
by Virginia Bennett
A friend of mine, (I’ll call him Pete)
was watching TV the other day.
He listened to some reporter,
believin’ all he had to say.
It was a “human interest piece”
tho’ some would call it fluff.
And, it showed a lot of fancy folks
with their poodles struttin’ stuff.
And, the reporter said, “It has long been
established as a scientific fact
that dogs look like their owners
and by data this has been backed.”
Well, Pete looked down at his old dog
lyin’ faithfully on the floor:
His tongue lolled out (the dog’s, not Pete’s)
as he laid there in full-snore.
His one good eye was swollen shut
from one of the milk-cow’s kicks.
He’d lost patches of his mangy fur
from diggin’ at his ticks.
A trophy brought home gallantly
from a coyote fight last week,
was one ear torn completely in half
and a new scar on his beak.
He had porky quills stickin’ out of his gums
he only had one dew claw…
And since the stud horse aimed just right
he drinks his toilet water through a straw!
Yes, Pete looked down, then looked at the screen
his cowboy mind in a muddled fog.
And said, “If it’s true that dogs look like their owners…
then, I gotta get a better lookin’ dog!”
©2004, Virginia Bennett, used with permission
Cowboy, horsewoman, poet, musician, writer, and editor Virginia Bennett’s acclaimed body of work is collected in her books and in a number of anthologies. This poem is included in her most recent book, In the Company of Horses. She’s the editor of two important collections, Cowgirl Poetry and Cowboy Poetry: The Reunion.
She was often a featured poet at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering and other events until she suffered a serious horse-related injury about ten years ago.
Find some selections of her poetry and more about her and her publications in our feature at CowboyPoetry.com and visit BennettSpurs.com, where she and her husband Pete craft unique spurs for working cowboys.
This recent photo is by writer and working cowboy Amy Steiger, who works on Arizona’s Spider ranch. Ranch manager, songwriter, and filmmaker Gail Steiger is shown, with a new puppy and another ranch dog.
Amy Steiger is the author of three acclaimed books, two novels and an essay collection, and another essay collection, Ordinary Skin, is undergoing final editing.
She appears with Trinity Seely this weekend in Bridgeport, California, and is headed this year to the Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering (August 11-13) and Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering (Sept 29-Oct 1). In early 2017 she’s featured at the Western Folklife Center’s National Cowboy Poetry Gathering (January 30-February 4) and the Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering (February 23-24). Find more about Amy Steiger at CowboyPoetry.com and at AmyHaleAuker.com.
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