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Poem For Clarence

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Saddletramp

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THE TALLEY BOOK





Around the first of the year you get them at the feed stores & banks.
They’re black and shiny and new and the pages are all blank.
In the front there’s weights and measures. How many feet are in a mile.
Tells how to figure in metric and how many bushel in a pile.

Then there’s a gestation table - A page that makes some sense.
We use it when we A.I. or the neighbor’s bull gets through the fence.
We put in all the calving info. The cows tag number and date.
The calving difficulty and of course the calf - the color, sex and weight.

We jot down all the important stuff, like the first snowfall and the last.
When all the neighbors’ brand and the day we turned out to grass.
When the dog done had her puppies. When you put the stud out with the mares.
The last time you changed tractor oil and all the county fairs.

By winter it starts to get ragged, the cover got chewed by mice.
It’s smudged with mud and blood. Got ran through the laundry twice!
One time while working yearlings it got baptized in the dip.
Couple of times out in the corral I dropped it in a cow-chip!

In the back you got all the numbers to the cattle buyers cell-phone.
From the veterinary to your congressman and of course the banker’s home.
It’s just good to know that in the computer age and this Y2k threat,
That with this stub pencil and little black book, we can run this outfit yet!

By Marty Blocker
Ó1999
 

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Another super poem. What a brain you've been blessed with, Saddletramp! And it sure does point out the problem with computers whether one is a rancher or not :!:
 

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another good one Saddletramp. You better watch it or nrbe is going to have more topics for you than you have words for!!! :lol:
 

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