Thursday, April 25, 2013




A Poem by Eagle Cruagh

A cow`s vendetta against a small boy


Some said she was spawn of satan, but I know different,

I know that old cow was satan himself.

She had to been the onriest critter that ever appeared on

this planet.

I can still see me run’n when I was jist so high, my fat

little legs churn’n, run’n bent for leather to get away from

her. That ole longhorn eyes blaz’n fire, snort’n smoke and

ashes and boy was she after me.

I wandered out by the bunkhouse one day and ‘for I knowed what was happen’n she was make’n hay.

I made the house and the screen door slammed and the

earth shook as she pawed the ground and bellowed.

I just hid under the kitchen table and shook.

She was a caution, hell on hooves they said.

One day I had to go, you know, natures thing

I’m sitt’n on my haunches, careful not to sit on my spurs

down by the cottonwoods, out of harm’s way I thought

chew’n on a blade of grass, swatt’n an occasional fly off

my bare ass and I heard what sounded like thunder off a

ways, it was down by them thar bushes in the creek bed

that-a-way , then it turned in to bushes crash’n and I’m

gitt’n pretty scared, start to pull up my pants and --- too

late it’s that ole Mexican Longhorn and she sees me.

Shirt tail fly’n straight out behind, spurs sing’n a song,

I race for that bunkhouse but the trail is too damn long.

Just short of the door, in an old hog waller, I trip on a

spur and go full length in to that mud. Can you just

see it now? My pants down around my knees, knee deep

in mud, flat on my face, that damn Mexican Longhorn won’t

even touch me there.

I hear her off in the trees, snort’n , paw’n the ground, but

made it in to the bunkhouse and sorta got cleaned up.

It’s been come’n on for a long time now and this is the day.

Got down my ole 30-30, walk out and I’m gonna shoot that cow. I start for the bank of trees. Damn if she did’n see

me first and I thot it was the end of the earth.

The ground shook and wind roared as that ole Mexican cow

came out of them trees. I take one look and I turn tail and

run. In seconds flat, one of them long horns caught me by

the pants and next thing I know I’m fly’n through the air,

splash’n in that hog waller again.

Next fall came and went and I found out later that old Mexican Longhorn got rounded up with a bunch of yearling

steers and went off to Sooo City. Probably been ground up

for a joosey MacDonald’s and none too soon I guess.

First time I ever went to church, was in the city one day and

pass’n one of them Cathedrals I just had to stop and pray.

Deer Lord I just wanta thank ye for save’n me . You took

care of satan a while back jist when my luck was run’n out.

Thanks lord, she’d a got me fer sure if you hadn't stepped

in and took her out.

------Eagle Cruagh

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