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One More Ride

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John Yaws
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0 posted 02-19-2000 11:10 PM       View Profile for John Yaws   Email John Yaws   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit John Yaws's Home Page   View IP for John Yaws

Me and Casey Bonner
Were out in El Paso...
We’d wired ahead our entries-
And were waiting for the show.
Old Casey was my buddy
He’d helped e get a start...
And what he lacked in talent
He made up for in “heart”.
I was in my twenties..
And Casey forty three.
The way his age was telling
Was plain enough to see.
I’d paid our way two seasons
It really hurt his pride-
But he just kept on sayin’,
“I’m good for one more ride”.
Now thirty’s old for ridin’ bulls-
In spite of Freckles Brown...
That’s the age that most of us
Consider shuttin’ down.
But Casey had those scrap books-
He’d thumb and almost cry...
Though age had robbed his talent...
It couldn’t take his try.
The first go-round he had a bull...
That really liked to fight...
But if he rode, he’d likely win-
A lot of dough tonight.
I helped him with his riggin’-
When he had dropped astride...
We pulled his rope, he took a wrap-
Upon that dark gray hide.

He pulled his hat down tighter-
And readied for his ride-
He grinned at me, and ducked his head-
And hollered out, “Outside”!
He rode him high and handsome
Until the buzzer sound...
He jerked his wrap, and off he came..
And crashed into the ground.
He almost made the fences-
But age had made him slow-
The bull had turned and made his charge
The horn did take him low...
The first aid crew had got to him
And carried him outside....
He grinned and told me, “So long, kid-
I told you, one more ride”.

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1 posted 02-20-2000 10:35 PM       View Profile for bobbycat   Email bobbycat   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for bobbycat

Now, how did this one slip past without a reply???  Great work obviously know your subject matter, which makes your poems a delight to read.  

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2 posted 02-20-2000 10:44 PM       View Profile for CMGrimm   Email CMGrimm   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for CMGrimm

   you can't possibly ever know how familiar I am with this poem..(I wont even try to explain right's a long story several generations spanning)(just try to remind me in the future and I'll weave a few stories for you from my side of the arena)
Anyway, this one really touched me where it counts dear friend, and if you don't mind I'd like to print it out to show a few buddies of mine that can also relate to the story you tell..

Thanks for a great read.


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