SIPS OF WINE FROM THE GRAPEVINE
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ELEGY FOR A WESTERN HUSBAND
BY AUTHOR AND POET ABBIE JOHNSON TAYLOR
Today,we continue our Sips of Wine from the Grapevine Series with author and poet Abbie Johnson and her poetry.
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Elegy for a Western Husband
by Abbie Johnson Taylor
Here lies a man who loved the west.
He never rode a horse or roped a steer,
but clad in his cowboy hat,
he rounded up cattle, mucked out stables,
battled adversaries, all from his recliner
with Gene Autrey, John Wayne, and Zayne Gray.
After two strokes paralyzed his left side,
he allowed his loving wife
to help him with personal care,
prepare his meals, do his laundry
until one night, when he saddled Death’s horse,
rode to that range in the sky.
Author’s Note: My Third Thursday Poets were recently prompted to write a poem about the west. We’re in Wyoming, by the way. Go figure.
Anyway, my late husband Bill was a fan of all things western: books, movies, music. He also subscribed to and read True West Magazine. So, the subject of this poem was a no-brainer. I hope you enjoyed it.
Abbie Johnson Taylor has published three novels, two poetry collections, and a memoir. Her work has appeared in The Weekly Avocet, Magnets and Ladders, and other publications.
She is visually impaired and lives in Sheridan, Wyoming, with her robotic cat Joy, where she worked as a registered music therapist with nursing home residents and in other facilities. She also cared for her late husband, who was totally blind and suffered two paralyzing strokes after they were married. This is the subject of her memoir and many of her poems.