THE PREACHER, by Teresa Burleson



by Teresa Burleson

He stands there calmly waiting for what the day will bring.
His ears roll slightly back when he hears my spur rowels ring.

A good minded gelding with a wide blaze down his face,
Built balanced and solid; moves with confidence and grace.

He’s good at his job and he knows when to do it.
We’ve been in some storms and he’s carried me through it.

Not bred like a champ but to me he’s a dandy.
And in front of a cow he’s sure enough handy.

No longer a colt he’s getting long in the tooth.
But with age comes wisdom and he’s living proof.

As he stands there shifting his weight to one side,
I’m aware it’s a blessing to call him my ride.

Now, we gather on Sunday to be renewed by our Lord,
But my time with this horse also makes me restored.

And horses can teach us if we choose to learn.
We must listen with our hearts if we want to discern.

He has taught me the importance of patience and trust.
And I learned that forgiveness is an absolute must.

He taught me hard work has no substitution,
And that I’m usually the problem and not the solution.

It’s said that a horse is good for the inside of man.
I believe that is true and its part of God’s plan.

With no words from this proud and majestic creature,
He delivers a sermon like an eloquent preacher.

As I throw on the saddle and take on the day,
I am ready to listen to what he has to say.

© 2019, Teresa Burleson, used with permission
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Texas poet Teresa Burleson comments, “One morning I noticed our 19-year-old gelding, Tuffy, standing in the round pen and I started thinking about what a good horse he is… Those folks who have horses know what I mean when I say, ‘Horses can teach us if we choose to learn.’ Tuffy is one of those special horses.” She sent along this photo of Tuffy.

Find Teresa at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo, January 28, 29 and 30, 2019, at the IWMA Music and Poetry of the West show in the West Arena.

Teresa is the Director of the Stockyards Museum in the historic Fort Worth Stockyards. Her most recent CD is “The Calf Book.” Find more about Teresa Burleson at

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