attention and made them want to keep reading. A number of kids picked “Woolly Rider”‘s opening because of the unexpectedness of an angry sheep. (I have mixed feelings about rodeos, but these poems really put me inside the whole experience–always a good thing.)
Woolly RiderSit on top–
sheep’s kicking mad–
fingers curled tight,
one hand held high.
Ya-a-a-hooo!1 second We’re flying! Whole world blurs by.
2 seconds Stomach up my throat. Crowd cheers. I’m holding on.
3 seconds Sheep swerves. Oops, sliding off. Yank back up.
4 seconds Hand hurts. Need to pee.
5 seconds Fingers numb. Eyes shut. Still on.
6 seconds Arms ache. Knees shake. Legs squeeze.
7 seconds Sheep bucks. Starts to roll. Slipping, sliding. Gotta hold…gotta hold…
8 seconds On!Roll off, stand up, crowd cheers.
Yes, sirree, I’m a mutton-bustin’ woolly rider, me!
–by Nancy Bo Flood, all rights reserved
[Review copy of Cowboy Up!: Ride the Navajo Rodeo provided by the publisher]
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