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Just Confused
Russ Westwood


On the elk hunts that I guided, no liquor was allowed.
But now and then a flask slipped through
and a hunter would get plowed.

As I was riding down the trail, a feller came in sight.
He seemed to stagger as he walked
and didn’t seem quite right.

As he stumbled through the forest, he dragged a rope behind.
I asked if he was injured?
He said that he was fine.

As he drew nearer to me, my nose sensed his affliction.
He smelled of evil spirits
and had trouble with his diction.

His speech was slurred and labored, as he tried to tell his tale
Of the quandary he was having
 as he lumbered down the trail.

He said that he was just confused and really at a loss.
“I don’t know if I’ve found a rope,
 or have I lost my hoss?”

© by Russ Westwood.
Used with the author’s permission.

Russ Westwood lives in Mesquite, Nevada. Born in Moab, Utah, he was raised on a ranch and spent a lot of time around horses and rodeos growing up. Retired now from a career as a firefighter and paramedic, Russ has been a member of the Mesquite Cowboy Poets Group since 2011. In 2019, he was awarded a Silver Championship Buckle at the National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo.


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Wilda Morris:
A good laugh! Good for Dry January as well as Cowboy Poetry Week!
Posted 01/20/2024 10:39 AM
Joan Luther:
Posted 01/18/2024 07:01 PM
Lori Levy:
Like the humor in this poem. Great ending.
Posted 01/18/2024 01:38 PM
Love it! This is a great read aloud poem!
Posted 01/18/2024 11:25 AM
Pat Brisson:
Made me laugh out loud! Thanks for that!
Posted 01/18/2024 09:12 AM
Lots of fun!
Posted 01/18/2024 08:24 AM
Brilliant! Love it!
Posted 01/18/2024 05:42 AM

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