NOT WAITIN’ ON SOMEDAY by Ken Cook

 

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NOT WAITIN’ ON SOMEDAY
by Ken Cook

“Someday Daddy” is all she said,
One precious want surged ’round her head.
Tiny hands caressed my saddle,
Big blue eyes cried out it’s time for cattle.

You’re gonna make a hand Kasey,
Not waitin’ on someday.
Nothin’s lived by watchin’,
We’re gonna ride today.

From that day on we rode through life,
Ranch work, a man, our dance, his wife.
Now her first born craves cowboy ways,
And I will ride inside her days.

She’s gonna make a hand that girl,
Not waitin’ on someday.
No cowgirl lags back at the house,
We’re gonna ride today.

Memories explode, her Mom and I,
Swallowed hard and felt her anxious eye.
“Someday Grandpa” she clearly said,
I’ll catch her horse…for what lies ahead.

You’re gonna make a hand Shyanne,
Not waitin’ on someday.
Nothin’s lived by watchin’,
We’re gonna ride today.

© 2010, Ken Cook, used with permission

Ken Cook comes from a long line of respected South Dakota cowboys and has perpetuated that line with his and Nancy Cook’s offspring. He wrote this poem for his daughter, Kasey Jo Dawson, and her daughter, Shyanne. They appear on Ken’s recording of the poem on The BAR-D Roundup: Volume Nine.

The poem was also inspired in part by an Art Spur at CowboyPoetry.com that featured the late, notable artist Joelle Smith’s painting,”She’s a Hand.” See the art, the poem, and other poems from the Art Spur here.

The photo above of another of Kasey Jo’s daughters, three-year-old Syerra Marie Dawson, was taken shortly before she was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) in May. She’s undergoing treatment and her prognosis is good. She’s tough. She has responded well to treatments so far, but still has some difficult procedures ahead. Follow her journey at her Caring Bridge site and help support the family through this GoFundMe page.

The photos below are of Syerra and her grandmother Nancy Cook and of Syerra and her two sisters.

Find more about Ken Cook and more of his poetry at CowboyPoetry.com.

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