IT SORTA MAKES SENSE
by Virginia Bennett
A friend of mine, (I’ll call him Pete)
was watching TV the other day.
He listened to some reporter,
believin’ all he had to say.
It was a “human interest piece”
tho’ some would call it fluff.
And, it showed a lot of fancy folks
with their poodles struttin’ stuff.
And, the reporter said, “It has long been
established as a scientific fact
that dogs look like their owners
and by data this has been backed.”
Well, Pete looked down at his old dog
lyin’ faithfully on the floor:
His tongue lolled out (the dog’s, not Pete’s)
as he laid there in full-snore.
His one good eye was swollen shut
from one of the milk-cow’s kicks.
He’d lost patches of his mangy fur
from diggin’ at his ticks.
A trophy brought home gallantly
from a coyote fight last week,
was one ear torn completely in half
and a new scar on his beak.
He had porky quills stickin’ out of his gums
he only had one dew claw…
And since the stud horse aimed just right
he drinks his toilet water through a straw!
Yes, Pete looked down, then looked at the screen
his cowboy mind in a muddled fog.
And said, “If it’s true that dogs look like their owners…
then, I gotta get a better lookin’ dog!”
© 2004, Virginia Bennett, used with permission
This poem should not be reposted or reprinted without permission
We’re continuing with our theme of “who we’re missing at Elko.”
Cowboy, horsewoman, poet, musician, writer, and editor Virginia Bennett’s respected body of work is collected in her books and in a number of anthologies. This poem is included in her most recent book, In the Company of Horses. She’s the editor of two important collections, Cowgirl Poetry and Cowboy Poetry: The Reunion.
She was often a featured poet at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering and other events until she suffered a serious horse-related injury over a decade ago.
Find some selections of her poetry and more about her and her publications in our feature at CowboyPoetry.com.
The above 1940 photo by Russell Lee (1903-1986), titled, “Gold miner with his dog, Mogollon, New Mexico is from The Library of Congress Prints and Photograph Division.
See a feature about noted photographer and teacher Russell Lee with a gallery of photographs from the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin .
>>>>This is a schedule post while we’re on a break for the National Cowboy Gathering, returning February 4.
(Please respect copyright. You can share this poem with this post, but request permission for any other uses. The photo is in the public domain.)