A Poem About Cows (Don't Chute Me Please)
Photo Prompt Poetry Contest
I recently wrote a poem and entered it in a contest at a poetry specific website.
The only rules were that you had to use a specific photo (provided) as the prompt for the poem and your submission had to be less than 40 lines.
I don't have permission to use the original photo here but the one above is very similar to give you some idea.
Unfortunately my poem didn't win the contest, and I accepted that without a problem. Later I was surprised to get this message from the person who issued the challenge:
"commented on Don't Chute Me, Please! John, somehow I missed yours. I would have absolutely placed you up in the top three. Please forgive me! I will be having a contest with a western/country theme soon. I hope you will enter. I can sent you a pm when I start it if you would like. I am so very sorry that I missed this one. It's one of the best ones. Thank you for entering." - Katie
Anyway, I decided to republish the poem here.
I did submit a poem into the next "Cowboy Poem" contest at the same website and was lucky enough to be awarded a bronze medal (3rd place) and 400 points to use at that site. I just hope it wasn't a token award by Katie because she felt guilty about overlooking this one.
Gotta love this song
Don't Chute Me, Please
by John Hansen © 2014
The cattle chute was empty,
Though day had just begun,
The morning sun lit up the gates
Through which the cattle run.
The musty smell of bulldust
Pervades the morning air,
Reminders of the hooven feet
That up the ramp do tear.
Cows with calves, and bulls and steers
Make up the cattle herd
That through the chute will make their way
To market they'll be spurred.
A cowboy or a drover
Will urge the nervous mob
Into a truck that waits atop,
They'll all just do their job.
But at this early time of day
No livestock can be seen,
Mist still hovers in the air,
The grass is lush and green.
All is quiet and peaceful,
The perfect country scene,
If the cattle knew what lay ahead
They'd say, "Don't chute me, please!"
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