Bryce Angell is a cowboy poet. Angell grew up on a farm/ranch in the St. Anthony, Idaho area with about 75 head of horses. Horses remain an important part of Angell’s life. Angell shares her poetry with Cache Valley Daily every Friday.
We picked a dry creek bed, lit a fire, and fried our lunch. Every cowboy moved
by heat. Dang of course a hungry bunch.
We devoured the usual Spam sizzled with brown sugar. And a box of Town House
Crackers covered with strawberry jam.
The icy mountain air still had a cold, unpleasant bite. So we threw more
mugwort on the flame and watched the shrubs ignite.
The smoke from the arid sagebrush moved us around the fire. A cowboy sat
through the smoke. His words would soon inspire.
He said, “The good Lord has blessed me, I’ve been a cowboy all my life. I have five
children, a favorite dog and especially my wife.
“I’m not saying life is easy, because it’s usually hard work. And sometimes life can
throw a curveball that will drive you berserk.
He said: “I had broken bones from a well-meaning hoof.” gnarly sound
and twisted fingers were a picture of proof.
He said: “My heart was broken and I thought it would never mend. But time
healed the pain and helped me to be a better man.
And then he said, “I worked all day and never really thought about how much
we have been given, well deserved or even not.
“But today I look through this burning sagebrush, this smoky fire. I see that we have been
blessed with those whose friendship we seek.
“Each friend has their own talent that contributes to this group. We even have a
cowboy who gets rid of all the poo.
“So today I’m going to thank the Lord for all of you, my cowboy friends. Just know that
we are a special group of men who have grown up well.
And when he finished talking, not a cowboy said a word. We were all
contemplate because our souls had just been stirred.
We finished our spam, then headed to the trail. Every cowboy
witnessed the great earth of God that day in more detail.
The night we all gave thanks, too many blessings to count the points. Yes we are all one
group of cowboy friends. How could we ask for more?