COWBOY POETRY: Horses and Politicians

Bryce Angell is a cowboy poet. Angell was raised on a farm/ranch in the St. Anthony, Idaho area with approximately 75 head of horses. Horses remain an important part of Angell's life.  Angell shares his poetry with Cache Valley Daily every Friday.

Sometimes I’d say a politician’s like a brand new horse. You’re not sure what you’re getting and you hope for no remorse.

You pick out your new horse just like you would a candidate. You try to get to know each one – wary to take the bait.

You see a horse has pedigree, if not just check his mouth. A horse’s teeth will show you things like if he’s going south.

Politicians talk skin deep, so you don’t know what’s beneath. I wonder if they’d open up and let you check their teeth.

But a horse will learn to listen and he’ll do what you will say. A politician will agree, then do it his own way.

When a horse outlives his usefulness you simply weed him out. You turn him out to pasture and you let him roam about.

Retirement to a horse is the same day after day. But a politician won’t retire. They just won’t go away.

I think we should invest in a politician pasture. It just might alleviate our political disaster.

I thought about a politician’s name for my next plug. It sounded down right fitting for a horse’s ugly mug.

But to give a horse a name, of a shady politician, made me realize it might affect my horse’s disposition.

It seems a politician always wants his pay increased. Is that an imperfection or the nature of the beast?

I’ve seen enough of politicians’ shady, little tricks. So I guess I’ll stick with horses, shy away from politics.

And I realize that every politician’s not a crook. I guess I’ve met some good ones so I’ll let them off the hook.

If it sounds as though I’m prejudiced, I don’t mean to annoy. ‘Cuz after all what do I know. I’m just a country boy.

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