They rise before the sun, breakfast, a day begun,

Men of a ranch know what it takes to get the job done.

There is much to do so off they run, dawn to dusk,

Bailing hay, stalls to be attended too, never done.

Digging posts, mending fences along the road,

A little fun, men working in the sun.

Breaking a horse, they become one, now the sun touches the ground,

The day is done, whiskey for my men, maybe a smoke,

These horses, like men, work from sunrise till days end.

Riding them to where the job need be done,

Pulling a wagon, exercising, or being groomed.

Part of a ranch, friends, man and horse,

They jump and gallop, run like the wind.

A roundup they work, play in the sun,

Just as the rest, when the day is done, beer for my horses.

Whiskey for my men, beer for my horses.

Keith Garrett


  1. That’s awesome, totally made me feel like I was reading the words of a rancher, and totally made it sound like an awesome way of life. Great poem Keith!

    • The title of the poem reminded me of the title of an album by my favorite musician Rob Dickinson, titled “Fresh Wine For The Horses”, and reading your poem helped me understand the meaning of the album title, so I got more out of it than just enjoyment. Thanks for branching out creatively, I learned something from the poem 🙂

      • Well you totally come across as young at heart, and not in an immature sense.

        And that’s a ton of walking! I like walking too, especially at night. I think we talked about that once.

        I used to walk with weights on too, but i haven’t in awhile. Used to wear two 20 lbs ankle weights, two 10lbs wrist weights, a 20 lbs weighted vest, and would walk carrying a 10 lbs dumbbell in each hand, and would walk for a couple hours a day a few times a week like that. that’s a 100 lbs of weights! I would alternate between speedwalking and walking with all that. If I get much older, it’s totally going to be bad for my back lol In colder weather is when I would wear the vest outside, so I could wear a coat over it, as it totally looks like a bomb vest lol

    • Interesting that she would say that and very rude. Writing first of all, is not about making money. It is about the creativity, something you have to do, to breathe the words onto the computer scree. To take a person to a different world or dimension. I hope you will continue to write and not let her discouragement get to you. I have read many of your poems and I felt many emotions and it was like you offered me a hand and brought me into your world! So please just keep writing Sir, I know it is probably hard because she is your sister. But she is wrong!

  2. I don’t even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was good.
    I do not know who you are but certainly you are going to a famous blogger
    if you are not already 😉 Cheers!

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