November 29, 2011


Stephen Bly

On a clear day west of Cody
in nineteen and twenty-three
2-Bob rode his buckskin out
to see what he could see.

The day broke July purdy;
the wind was takin’ a nap.
Mr. Sun made his presence known
as 2-Bob rode Elkhorn Gap.

When daylight breaks on Wyomin’
and sunbeams hit the trail
and antelope line the distant rim
and the sage is alive with quail ...

It’s like heaven dipped down close
for mortal man to view.
So 1-Bob paused upon the rise
jist to gaze for a spell or two.

A distant rider caught his eye
by the way he slapped his quirt,
and the yellow scarf around his neck,
hangin’ down on a dark blue shirt.

2-Bob patted his horse, rubbed his eyes,
as he peered into the sun.
“I’d say that was ol’ Mike Feeney, boy,
who died the spring of ought-one.”

Then a buckboard rattled down the trail,
a dark haired lady held the lines.
A memory flashed of a long farewell
at a gravesite in the pines.

Next, a gray haired gal trotted along,
ridin’ sidesaddle on a Tennessee mule.
2-Bob recalled a slate full of wonders
at a one-room South Dakota school.

But it was the woman in the calico bonnet
that put them tears on his cheek.
2-Bob remembered a mama’s love
and a woman so strong, yet meek.

He rode his buckskin back to the ranch,
ponderin’ days of the distant past
and folks he’d known that lived it right,
with faith in the Lord that would last.

Kansas Red met him in front of the corral
to ask him where he’d been.
“Jist peekin’ into heaven, Red.
I reckon I’ll go back there again.”

On a clear day west of Cody
in nineteen and twenty-three,
2-Bob rode his buckskin out
and discovered eternity.


Now Available in hardback & e-book: 
Throw The Devil Off The Train
The trip to CA took 3 days by train. Was that enough time to prevent Catherine from throwing away her heart ... again?

Coming March 2012, Stephen Bly's last novel: 
Stuart Brannon's Final Shot
It's 1905. Two orphans flee Oregon's Tillamook Head. One of them's branded a hero. Do they tell what really happened & risk a dangerous man's wrath?
Meanwhile, a lawman comes out of retirement to search for his missing U.S. Marshal friend and grapples with the game of golf on behalf of a charity celebrity tournament.



Mona Hodgson said...

Janet, I love Stephen's Cowboy Poetry, and I'm anxiously awaiting the release of Stuart Brannon's Final Shot. Stuart is my favorite western hero. Hugs and blessings, Mona

kimdtaylor said...

Stephen's Cowboy Poetry is great inspiration for the scene I have to rewrite today. Thanks Stephen! BTW, will Throw The Devil Off the Train be available on IBOOKS?

Janet Chester Bly said...

Mona: Thanks for the note. Kim: Throw the Devil is on Kindle, Nook, Ipad and several other e-book sources. Not sure about IBOOKS ... not familiar with it.