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JEREMY SIGLE
Lubbock, Texas
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On the Other Side of the Chutes

It's all entertainment from seats in the stands
with yelling and cheering and clapping your hands
It's something quite different when going behind
Where cowboy's ropes hang from the fence in a line

The rosin is warming the glove starts to stick
Your mind starts to race for the ride's coming quick
Put on your chaps, and hook your spurs to your boots
The announcer yells out, "they're all in the chutes"

The rope is all ready so zip up your vest
Strap on your glove and put your grip to the test
Music is blaring, you don't pay attention
The ride which awaits is all concentration

"This is a rank one," your friends do kindly tell
As the guy before you drops into the well
Sit upon the back and settle in your seat
A spur makes 'im jump so careful of your feet

The rope is pulled tight and wrapped around your hand
In eight short seconds you'll find out where you stand
Your eyes on the spot you firmly nod your head
Then out through the gate the bull begins to tread

Several jumps to the left, then back to the right
Trying hard to stay on you grip very tight
Some times you make the ride, some times you do not
It's all part of the dream you've lived for and fought

At the end of the ride you dust off your chaps
Look out to the stands and thank 'em for the claps
With head high or head low you head back behind
Ropes no longer hang from the fence in a line

It's back behind the chutes you start to feel pain
It's all well worth it whether loss or whether gain
You could work in an office or wear fancy suits
But nothing beats the other side of the chutes

2007, Jeremy Sigle
This poem may not be reprinted or reposted without the author's written permission.

 

Jeremey told us: I wrote this poem based on some personal experiences I had. When I was young my parents would take me to the PRCA rodeo at the county fair every year. At that point I made rodeo my favorite sport and wanted to become a professional bull rider. I never made it but I did try my hand in bull riding one summer where I shortly found out that my great genetics in athletic ability was better for other sports, which I have not found yet. Those five Little Britches rodeos I participated in showed me a whole new side of rodeo that I love and wish I could still be a part of.


 

Under the Horns

Spit slinging, Mud Flinging
Ready for the fight
Knees Knocking, Throat Chalking
Buckle's in your sight
 
Grip Slipping, Seat Tipping
Looking at the Ground
Bell Sounding, head Pounding
Glory is not found
 
Lips are Quaking, Body Shaking
Coming to your feet
Bull Turning, Fear Churning
Trying to retreat
 
Heart racing, Bull chasing
Falling to the dirt
Horn Stabbing, Side grabbing
Body Starts to hurt
 
Next day waking, Body aching
Told to stay away
Pain stinging, Anthem singing
Riding is your stay
 
2010, Jeremy Sigle
This poem may not be reprinted or reposted without the author's written permission.

 

Goodnight

To the moon and out again
The howling coyotes will play
Lids will shut but not for long
Til dawn of the morrow day

Work is done under the sun
By farmers and ranchers same
Strengthened by the rest of night
For the wild land to be tame

Dusk will spread sweet dreams in head
To the one who toils the land
Kiss the children tuck the sheets
Pray for tomorrow to stand

By Lord and might we do strive
To see the end of daylight
End of day blanket in hand
We finally say goodnight

2011, Jeremy Sigle
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About Jeremy Sigle:

I grew up in eastern Colorado, I moved to Lubbock, Texas in 2005 to attend preaching school. I graduated this year and I preach in a small town south of Lubbock. God, art family and rural life have all been very close to my heart. Since I was small I loved drawing and painting scenes from rural America and western living, but just a couple years ago I turned that love into words by experimenting in poetry.


 

 

 

 

 

 

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