COWBOY POETRY: A Gun for My Wife

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.

My wife declared, one Sunday morn, “I’d like to have a gun.” I asked her, “Are you scared, or do you want a gun for fun?”

I told her she could use my guns whenever she’s alone.  But she wanted something smaller and a gun to call her own.

For her a gun would be okay.  She’d been around a few.  But what really made me wince was this:  She wanted bullets, too!

So, with some hesitation and a check book in my hand, I drove on down to Harold’s place.  I knew he’d understand.

Well, Harold dealt with guns and gear.  He recognized my plight.  So, he said, “Get her a gun today.  You don’t, you’ve got a fight.”

Harold wasn’t kidding, so I took one on the chin.  Then noticed a revolver that a patron traded in.

I asked to get a better look.  He handed me the gun.  A Smith and Wesson .38.  My shopping day was done.

He took my cash then wrapped the gun and bullets, too, of course.  I took it home and really hoped I’d never feel remorse.

My wife unwrapped the gun, and now she had her own defense.  We went out in the backyard, nailed a target to the fence.

Men like to show their prowess. I knew how to shoot a gun.  But when it came to handguns, my experience was none.

I aimed straight down the barrel, took a shot.  Where did it go?  I missed the target and the fence.  My wife said, “You shot low.”

Embarrassed wasn’t quite the word.  I’d proved I couldn’t shoot.  But then, it was a handgun, so who really gives a hoot.

My wife reloaded. Took her aim and fired a single shot.  Then squeezed the trigger five more times.  Dang sure she knew a lot.

She never missed the target.  She’d been shooting on the sly.  Each doggone bullet found its mark.   Two hit the darn bull’s eye.

So, I guess I should be happy, since my wife was tickled pink.  And life don’t get much better, ‘cuz I got that special wink.

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