About Stephen Gesé
A good steak hangin on the spit, fried ta'ters in a pan,
brown Dutch-oven biscuits, cold peaches from a can.
Don't need no fancy tableware, no linen on my lap,
I can leave my hat on, eat my fill, then take a little nap.
Or maybe I'll just roll a smoke, and hum a melancholy tune,
watch the sun fall from the sky, then wait to see the risin moon.
Standin yonder across the fire, dark spots upon its flank,
I wouldn't trade my appy horse for all the money in the bank.
Yes, you can have your cities sir, these mountains are my home,
four walls would squeeze my heart out, guess I was born to roam.
Boots and bluejeans, cowboy hat, don't need no tux nor tie,
all I need is mountain air, and elbow room big as the sky.
© 2004, Stephen Gesé
This poem may not be reprinted or reposted without the author's written permission.
Stephen told us: I wrote this one early one morning while I sat stirring the embers of my prior evening's campfire to get a heat up into the new wood for the morning's coffee. I was in the Three Sisters wilderness of Central Oregon where I spent a large portion of my adult life.
About Stephen Gesé:
I live in a small village along the Cook Inlet of Alaska now, I moved here some years ago to get back to a wilderness lifestyle. I met my wife here and together we built a cabin here in Seldovia, a small village of 300 souls on the Kenai Penninsula. During the summers I am a Tourguide/Naturalist in one of Alaska's largest wilderness parks. Unfortunately it's not a horseback tour, none are allowed in this park.
A few years after the electricity was put in, I got my first computer and decided to begin writing novels during the long winters. Since there were so many western writers out there that write about the old west, I decided to write about the new west. About modern people who lived in the modern world yet still had a large portion of their heart tucked into the old western style and attitudes of life. Because I believe that ethic continues to be a big part of country people today, regardless of whether they are working cowboys, weekend equestrians, or computer programmers in a big city; with a dream of simpler times. My books are about men and women who strive to keep the romance between a human and a horse alive, as well as each other. My wife and myself both come from families where horses were always a part of our lives. One of our dreams is to have a horse back guiding business here in Alaska someday, we're working on it.
My books are in sequence.
Book one, Healing on the Tenfeather, is a love story about a middle aged man and woman who come together after leaving miserable relationships. They are led toward each other and fall in love in a little country town on the banks of the Tenfeather River in Central Oregon, where they overcome a series of obstacles and learn much about themselves along the way. They eventually realize a dream and start a horseback guiding business with friends.
In book two Tempest above the Tenfeather their business is well underway and their lives have become better than they ever expected, until they are confronted with some very terrible and terrifying circumstances while on a horseback excursion in the mountains. Their love for each other, their friends, and their outdoor
skills are tested to the extreme.
Both books are full of fun and laughter, love and sensitivity, heartbreak and healing on an adult level. They have a Native American twist that involves Spirit Guides and Spirit Helpers. There are some very absurd situations that befall normal people in the normal course of living, some harsh language, and mild adult situations too. Full of horse-loving people, and of course some very evil and wicked people they must contend with along the way.
Book three is still in the works.
They can be found through www.iuniverse.com under their titles, or my author name - Stephen Gesé
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