OLD EAGLE EYE
by Yvonne Hollenbeck
He can tell if a heifer is starting to calve,
I swear from a mile away,
and see if he needs to go pull the calf
by just simply looking that way.
He can see if a windmill is working or not
from his horse on a faraway hill,
and tell what direction the wind’s coming from
by watching the tail on the mill.
He knows if a coyote or badger is near
by watching the tracks in the sand,
and sees if a staple is loose from a post
on the fence that encircles his land.
He’s got eyes like an eagle for finding new calves
that their mamas have hidden all snug;
so why can’t he see the mud on his boots
that he’s tracking all over my rug?
© 2012, Yvonne Hollenbeck, used with permission.
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Ranch wife, top poet, and champion quilter Yvonne Hollenbeck and her husband Glen (a champion calf-roper and the subject of many of her poems) raise cattle and quarter horses on their ranch in Clearfield, South Dakota.
Yvonne Hollenbeck designed and created this quilt for the 25th anniversary of Old West Days and the Nebraska Cowboy Poetry Gathering, October 6-9. It includes the 25 commemorative scarves from each year of the gathering. It will be raffled at the event.
Yvonne Hollenbeck joins Bonnie Krogman, Kristyn Harris, R P Smith, Hen and Chicks,Jan Schiferl, Marty Blocker, Marci Broyhill, Gale Patzlaff, Robert Dennis, Susie Knight, Paul Larson, Kristyn Harris, Don Schauda, Rick Buoy, and Plains Folk.
Yvonne Hollenbeck’s recent book, Rhyming the Range, and CD by the same name collect her original poems about her life on the ranch. The book includes the most requested poems from her two out-of-print books and all of her newest poetry.
Thanks to Yvonne Hollenbeck for the photo.
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