Poem of the Week – Branded

Dear visitors: If you’re new around here, you might not know that every week since this blog began in October 2009, my website/blog master, Kathy Temean, has selected one of my previously published poems to post on Sundays. I never know what Kathy will choose. This past Sunday I hated to interrupt the fun we were having with Pat Lewis’s challenge to write what he’s calling PARROTIES, so I postponed the usual Sunday post until today. This poem comes from my most recent collection, which is illustrated by Dan Burr. A couple of years ago we collaborated on a book of poetry called PIRATES.

by David L Harrison from COWBOYS

4 comments on “Poem of the Week – Branded

    • Thank you, Annalisa. When I saw Dan’s illustration, I asked about the scene to help me be there. He explained the smell, the bawling, and how mothers sometimes let out a low sound something like a growl. Add in the searing heat and dust to make a scene that most people would avoid if possible.

      • Think there’s a universal truth written on clouds over Kansas that says “Mamas of all shapes, sizes, and dominions don’t like when their babes are hurt nor troubled and allowed to make their sorrow known.” ;o) So much to be learned from creatures great and small.

  1. I think that’s why I liked this collection so much. I used to live in Arizona and learned to love those open skies. My favorite song was, “Don’t Fence Me In.” Plenty of creatures to watch and learn from.


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