UNSETTLED  by Terry Nash


photo by Captured by Karen Photography


by Terry Nash

I’m unsettled these days.
Just slightly off-track.
It’s almost been a year
Since I was horseback.

I daydream now and then,
And think about past years
When I viewed summer range
Between two pointed ears.

I long for the small things
That come with the life,
Like saddlin’ a mount
At morning’s first light,

And the sound of the nickers
When the trailer’d pull in.
The handshakes and howdys
Of old pards brought a grin.

Then ridin’ with good friends
Lookin’ for cattle.
Checkin’ ‘em all meant
A full day a’straddle.

I pine for that thick smell
From a workin’ day’s sweat
When I’d strip my kack
And the blanket was wet,

And the soft quiet sound
Of a horse chewin’ hay
While I leaned on the rail
At the end of the day.

In mountains or desert
Just follerin’ cows,
My mind would rest easy
If I’s back there right now.

©2015, Terry Nash
This poem should not be reposted or reprinted without permission

Colorado rancher, reciter, and poet Terry Nash includes this poem on his new CD, A Good Ride. Find the track list below.

We asked about its inspiration and he told us, “I was between horses. My good cow pony was rehabilitating from a foot injury, and the horse that replaced him was a few months down the road. The inspiration for ‘Unsettled’ came when I was standing helping our shoer. Just scratching a good horse’s jaw, and breathing in the smells, well that puts a feller into a poetic mood.”

In coming months, Terry makes a return appearance as as invited poet at the Western Folklife Center’s National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada (January 30-February 4, 2018) and at the Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Alpine, Texas (March 203, 2018).

This photo by Grand Junction photographer Karen Gilbride of Captured by Karen Photography  is the cover of Terry Nash’s A Good Ride.

Find more about Terry Nash at CowboyPoetry.com and about his CDs and more at his web site, terrynashcowboypoet.com.



“Ridin'” by Charles Badger Clark
“Two Below the Hocks” by Terry Nash
“The Lost Flannins” by Bruce Kiskaddon
“Homesteader” by Terry Nash
“A Cowman’s Lot” by Terry Nash
“Pensioner” by Terry Nash
“Fords (Snake Attack)” by Donnie Wynkoop
“December Stragglers” by Terry Nash
“Skype (#don’tgetthispoundsignstuff” by Terry Nash
“Bad Job” by Buck Ramsey
“Unsettled” by Terry Nash
“My Pew” by Terry Nash
“A Good Ride” by Terry Nash

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Terry Nash
1278 N Road
Loma, CO 81524