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Mountain Cowgirl

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The Haystack

There are stories and jokes about me and the haystack
But it is all bull and has the credence of Jack
Started by cowboys that once rode bareback

I have always sat in the hay barn alone
Away from the house and that blasted phone
And no time cowboys that bitch and moan

I have solved many problems sitting on a bale of hay
Now as age advances and my hair ermine gray
I do more sitting contemplating and planning my day

Finding solutions is exceedingly slow
I don’t have the energy to strike with a blow
So I sit inside among the hay waiting for snow

The aroma of the season's hay fills the barn
It sure beats snuggled by the heater knitting yarn
I am wasting time but I don’t seem to give a darn

I never was a stereotypical cowgirl
No matter how you spin or twirl
I never once wore jeans with pearl

I was a cattle girl and then a woman cattle hand
Living remote and raising livestock off the land
Working cattle and a few sheep, but never a band

So as I pose in the hay barn and remember stench of pack rat
"Oh dear," I say, "I forgot my cowboy hat"
Now I am out there talking to myself and all that

My short gray hair won't grow long without resembling a pig
So as Halloween approaches I don a wig
I look like a witch but this new look I dig

Sitting in the hay barn with my new hair adventure
With no makeup and even the absence of denture
I tried lifting a hay bale, but I couldn't bencher

Maybe I should don a cap with a ponytail
As I reminisce about riding up a mountain trail
Maybe flirt with young men and be sentenced to jail

It isn't the jail I fear with my new flowing mane
It is being called a disparaging wildlife name
I don't like mountain cougars with all their fame

I want no association with that mountain wild cat
That livestock killer, not even now as an old bat
So with online cougar hunters, I won't even chat

So now inside with my coffee I slowly sip
I am typing these words that never left my lip
Sorry about forgetting the hat and not being hip

By Faye alias the Mountain Cowgirl 9/28/2022
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Speaking 'bout hay...some time ago in early Sept. someone said they were the last person on earth still baling hay! Here I am Oct. wrapping 30% moisture brome hay. Done this twice in the past, very late season for "hay-ledge"...smells good though:)
 

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Mountain Cowgirl

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Speaking 'bout hay...some time ago in early Sept. someone said they were the last person on earth still baling hay! Here I am Oct. wrapping 30% moisture brome hay. Done this twice in the past, very late season for "hay-ledge"...smells good though:)
Hey, that is awesome! How many acres do you grow for hay? How many cows do you winter? It looks as if they will get a 5th cutting of alfalfa here. The early rains put us 2 weeks behind.
 

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MC, I have 24 head of black angus rite now, had 4 dozen when I had 300 acres. 160 acres since wife left several yrs ago had ta sell 150 to keep going, sorta personal ya no. pm me if wanna no more
 

Mountain Cowgirl

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MC, I have 24 head of black angus rite now, had 4 dozen when I had 300 acres. 160 acres since wife left several yrs ago had ta sell 150 to keep going, sorta personal ya no. pm me if wanna no more
Sorry, you had to sell off the land but things happen in life and it is good you could hold on to some and keep going.
 

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