by Jarle Kvale
We never talk religion – views on politics, taboo—
we’d rather keep our friendship than be stirrin’ up a stew
discussin’ things so trivial—that pack such little weight—
our friendship’s too important to be lost in some debate.
We’ll talk about the weather—or the horses that we’ve rode—
We’ll rave about our favorites and the ones that got us throwed.
We’ll chat about our families—how our grandkids make us proud –
We’ll joke and tease, and more than once, you’ll hear us laugh out loud.
But politics? Religion? No—we’d rather get along—
Besides, no sense conversin’ when it’s plain that he’s just wrong!
© 2016, Jarle Kvale
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Popular poet Jarle Kvale is a North Dakota horseman, radio broadcaster, and host of the cowboy poetry and Western music Back at the Ranch radio show.
His new book, Horses, Dogs, (& Lingerie), is described, “Jarle takes his experiences with horses, rodeo, and North Dakota rural living and turns them into humorous verse…”
His recent CD, “Custom Made,” includes 14 original poems, well wrought—mostly humorous—verse, delivered in his understated and engaging style.
This photo is from the inside of Custom Made, taken in Wyoming of Jarle Kvale’s horses. The outside has a stunning cover photograph by Cindy Quigley of CMQ Photography. See the cover and the track list at cowboypoetry.com.
Jarle Kvale is just back from appearances at the Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering and Old West Days and Nebraska Cowboy Poetry Gathering.
He’s been invited to the Western Folklife Center’s 36th annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, January 27-February 1, 2020 in Elko, Nevada. The lineup includes poets Doris Daley, John Dofflemyer, Carolyn Dufurrena, Maria Lisa Eastman, Patricia Frolander, DW Groethe, Andy Hedges, Yvonne Hollenbeck, Carol Heuchan, Chris Isaacs, Randi Johnson, Jarle Kvale, Annie Mackenzie, Waddie Mitchell, Joel Nelson, Rodney Nelson, Jonathan Odermann, Vess Quinlan, Henry Real Bird, Brigid Reedy, Randy Rieman, Jake Riley, R.P. Smith, Jay Snider, Gail Steiger, Michael Stevens, Forrest VanTuyl, and Paul Zarzyski.
Musicians & singer-songwriters include An American Forrest, Mike Beck, Cat Clifford, Dylan Clough, Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie, Dom Flemons, Pipp Gillette & Lloyd Wright, DW Groethe, R.W. Hampton, Andy Hedges, Hot Club of Cowtown, Ned LeDoux, Corb Lund & the Hurtin’ Albertans, Miko Marks, Marinna Mori, Tracy Morrison, The Munsick Boys, Brigid Reedy, Randy Rieman, Trinity Seely, Dave Stamey, Gail Steiger, Michael Stevens, Tom Swearingen, Jessie Veeder, and Wylie and The Wild West. They also promise “special guests.” Visit nationalcowboypoetrygathering.org for much more, including descriptions of workshops, films, and other events at the gathering.
(Jarle Kvale’s friend Oregon poet Tom Swearingen—also featured in Elko in 2020—suggested the title for this previously untitled poem.)
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