ADVICE by Deanna Dickinson McCall


© 2017, JaNeil Anderson, “Beauty and Strength”

by Deanna Dickinson McCall

The corrals were full enough to bust,
And we’d all had our share of dust.
But, we’d got all the pairs in
And the separating was about to begin.

Our new son-in-law was working the gate
Trying hard to discriminate
When an angry mama came charging up
Mad over the hold up.

Hearing the commotion I rode through the dust
And shared some advice he could trust,
“Son, don’t crowd her, whatever you do,
When her head is held high she’ll take the fence or you.”

Better off to just let stand, cool down a bit
She’s not afraid of horse or man, let her have her fit.
It’s Nature’s way to attack or run, fear and anger is part of life.
I know it’s not exactly fun, but, remember she is your wife.”

© Deanna Dickinson McCall
This poem should not be reprinted or reposted without the author’s permission.

Fifth-generation rancher and writer Deanna Dickinson McCall never lacks for inspiration for her poetry and writing; her family is a great source. She and husband Dave have given the West new generations of ranchers and cowboy poets and reciters, as well.

Her just-released collection of stories, Rough Patches II, follows the first award-winning volume of Rough Patches. Red Steagall comments on the new release, “…This collection is brilliant.” Western writer Johnny Boggs declares, “Deanna McCall writes without frills or foofaraw–just hard, believable stories of tough, flawed people and strong women in the modern West.” In his foreword, poet and writer Rod Miller writes, “When it comes to women writing about the West, you would be hard-pressed to find one more authentic than Deanna Dickinson McCall.” Find order information here.

Deanna also has a highly praised book of stories and poems, Mustang Spring, and an award-winning CD of her poetry, Riding. Her work appears in many anthologies and magazines and she’s a popular performer at gatherings, often appearing at the Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering, the Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering, the Western Folklife Center’s National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, and other events.

Find more about Deanna Dickinson McCall at; at her web site,; and on Facebook.


New Mexico artist and rancher JaNeil Anderson’s painting, “Beauty and Strength,” graces the cover of Rough Patches II. She and Deanna have collaborated previously, pairing poems and paintings in Split Reins, an impressive book that received the Will Rogers Medallion Award.

JaNeil Anderson studied under Cowboy Artists of America painters James Reynolds and R.S. Riddick. She and her husband live on their family’s third-generation ranch along the banks of the Gila River in southwest New Mexico. She is represented by Thunder Horse Gallery in Ruidoso.

Find more about JaNeil Anderson at and on Facebook.