COWBOY POETRY: Stolen Hitch and Ball

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.

Fred hollered out, “Keep comin’ back. You’ve got ten feet to go. I’ve never seen a driver who can back his truck so slow.”

But then he yelled, “Ya better stop. Your ball and hitch ain’t there.” I took a look, and sure enough, the hitch was gone somewhere.

“I’d say someone has helped themselves,” old Fred said with a grin. “You made it too darned easy, only had to pull the pin.”

What kind of person does it take to steal a hitch and ball? They should have left a note that said, “We kindly thank you all!”

Well Fred commenced to saying, “This is mostly your own fault. A man who doesn’t lock his hitch ain’t worth his weight in salt!”

That started me a thinking. Should I lock the hitch and ball? Can I trust my friendly neighbor or trust anyone at all.

I think I’d rather trust a man. I’ll give it one more chance. Please bring the ball and hitch back and don’t be a scaredy pants.

You’ll see my dog tied to the truck. He’ll greet you with a smile. No need to be afraid of him. He’s not a bit hostile.

So go ahead and pet him. You can call him by his name. Just don’t forget to scratch is ears. That’d be a dirty shame.

I know I’m talkin’ foolish. You won’t never bring it back. You’ve prob’ly got it mounted and it’s painted shiny black.

I hope that you enjoy someone else’s hitch and ball. But pardner, just remember, you’re the lowest of them all.

I think I’ve said enough of this. I’ve got it off my chest. It’s just a plain old ball and hitch. There’s no use getting stressed.

So off to town we’ll drive to fix our temporary glitch. Two twenties, and a few cuss words, will buy a brand new hitch.

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