Buffaloed

Great Uncle Judd

My great uncle Charles Judson Fuller

Trained a bison
to be a nice’un.
Rode the bison
over a herd of bison
from Sioux Falls
to the big shouldered
city.  Who ever heard
of a herd being herded
by a man on a bison?  How
absurd.

True story.  This is Judd Fuller: Cowboy and circuit preacher.  I met him when he showed up unexpectedly at my grandparents farm.  He was in his nineties, tall and lean, and wearing a sharply tailored Western suit.  He roared up in a fire engine red Oldsmobile 4-4-2 convertible.  For two days I was given a taste of the Old West.  He taught me to shoot a six gun.  He told me to seek the answers to the questions I asked him in the Bible.  Then he drove off in a cloud of dust.

He really did ride a bison over a herd of bison.  Family mythology also has it that he toured with Buffalo Bill’s show on their last days.  But you know how families can be….

dVerse is having a postcard poetry night.  https://dversepoets.com/2017/04/18/tuesday-poetics-wish-you-were-here/

The Legend of Hap Hazard

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Hap Hazard was a cowboy who lived outside Fargo.
Fell asleep on his horse, ended up in Key Largo.
Met a lady gambler who was a bit of dangerous cargo.

Dirk Bentley, who was descended from gentry,
Seduced Hazard’s lady; a salacious breaking and entry.
Hap was working a nightshift as a marina sentry.

Dirk met his metaphorical Waterloo
when he encountered the dukes of Hazard –
“Put ‘em up! Put ‘em up!”

(Guess I’m getting punchy….)

Hap took his horse and his lady north by northwest.
You probably know how Hazard’s legend ends.
If not, you can probably guess.