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“Where Seldom Is Heard A Discouraging Word”


In recent posts, I have written about here at home, where the buffalo roam, and the deer and the antelope play.

I think it is mostly true that, out here, on the range, “seldom is heard a discouraging word.”

Of course, I am biased, but my experience with folks out here, especially ranchers, is that complaints are usually jokes about problems that are expected, such as the changes in weather.  Most appreciate the silver linings in dark clouds.

“How much snow did you get at your place?  The pastures can sure use the moisture!”

Even the dreaded high winds roaring across the plains have some positive benefits.  In Wyoming, they often say of their famous wind, “IT KEEPS THE WIMPS OUT.”



Wimps might have a discouraging word about moving cattle during a snow storm.  For cowboys, it is just another day at the office.

Home on the range — love it or leave it.

War of the Winds

The flames fascinate,
Bringing comfort
As I contemplate,
Staring at the fire.
                           Winds rudely attack
                           My reverie,
By a chilly draft
Tresspassing inside.
Noisy blowing cold,
Being too bold
Invading our home.
                              Logs and chinking
                               And metal roof
                               Try protecting
                                 Us from this weather.
Some windows rattle.
Walls are shaking.
It’s a battle,
Testing our shelter.
                                   Like evil v. good,
                                   Hostile forces
                                   War with the wood
                                    In our fiery stove.
Burning wood’s heat
Challenges wind
As they compete
On temperature.
                                  The brave cabin
                                   Resists the force
                                   As we stay in —
                                    Safe from blowing rage.
With loud gales outside,
My wife hugs me,
Snuggling by my side.
I don’t mind the wind.


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