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Corrals and Chutes

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Corrals and Chutes

Mind all that your pa says
And don’t give him no reputes,
Sit quiet on the wood rail
Down by the corrals and chutes.

Don’t dally your digits
Or dive head long from a horse,
Listen to all your elders
And run your life to full course.

Appreciate grease wood
Ride your life free in wild sage—
Know you’ll not always be young,
And act older that our age.

Brush off your jeans real good
Whenever you do get throwed,
Don’t brag ‘bout a right answer,
That’s where real respect is sowed.

Be part of a question
But never the main worry, 
Take care in what you’re ropin’—
When you catch it, don’t hurry.

Be kind to all critters,
Give them respect they deserve—
Treat folks like you’d want to be
Treated – don’t you ever swerve.

Pass on all that you know
To those that now come after—
Your legacy’s in their minds
With your wise words and laughter.

And in your final years
Enjoy the rest that you’ve earned—
Think back on those before you,
Try to rebuilt bridges burned. 

Teach your kids the same thing
As they coach their own recruits—
Pass on the lessons learned
Down by the corrals and chutes.

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  1. Date: 9/14/2008 8:26:00 PM

    Just brillant! You are really in a league of your own my friend. Encourages me to try some rhymin' for a change ... smile ... thanks so much!!

  1. Date: 9/14/2008 2:13:00 PM

    Thanks Michael. I'm glad you liked it. Funny how we remember our grandfathers. The one on my father's side died before I was born, but I have a lot of memories associated with my mother's father. Glad to hear you're doing well now.

  1. Date: 9/14/2008 1:45:00 PM

    Glen this poem is simply amazing and so full of truth - Reminds me so much of my grandfather who raised me - I wasted most of my life on drugs and in Prisons but now I have returned to my roots and live a very simple life on the very edge of town and work on a ranch just up the road a piece - Well I'm currently disabled I had back surgery but that ranch is home to me - I really enjoyed your poem - God Bless