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green eyes, scabs, and beer

by Rachelle Howe

i'm a saddlebacked cowboy, and
she's the cow i could never rope.


i laugh heartily as we
throw back more beer,
the bitter taste
swallowed and swirling.

i loved the aftermath,
loved the way that my
fingers curled around
the chilled bottle.
we had stuck two in the freezer;
they froze, we sit there, thawing.

and i had been laughing all night,
my throat in knots, wishing that
you were here.
wishing i could see
those green eyes again.


i'm a cannon-armed
sharpthrowing knife tosser, but
she's a spinning galeforce target.

i slapped the mahogany table
with my scarred palm, picking
at labels and scabs.
my other three companions
roared as i continued,
contrited, and slurred.
i couldn't walk,
but i sure as hell could
take another shot.

i'm a spitfire truth, and
she's the lie i could never
blow holes in.

and we laughed.
we laughed, and lied.
we laughed and said
that all was well.

(i laughed and said
i needed to throw up.)

12/19/2003

Author's Note: This was Paul's fault. And I think, after almost nine years, it's finally ready for some editing.

Posted on 12/19/2003
Copyright © 2022 Rachelle Howe

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Max Bouillet on 12/19/03 at 08:27 PM

Cowpoke, or is that puke. Cowpuke! Ewwww! Nice way to round up the lastest posts with a little bit of humor. Great read.

Posted by Kristine Briese on 12/21/03 at 02:18 AM

*shiver* Cold & vivid, love.

Posted by Nadia Gilbert Kent on 12/24/03 at 09:33 AM

au contraire, is tres beautiful. If only I could speak French.

Posted by Leslie Ann Eisenberg on 12/24/03 at 06:37 PM

i slapped the mahogany table with my scarred palm, picking at labels and scabs......great image.....i love the back and forth, the cowboy's voice from beyond in italics. and i thought i had it bad this morning with a latke (potato pancakes) hangover! what a team you two are!

Posted by Lindsay Sanders on 12/24/03 at 10:24 PM

haha. you're so great.

Posted by Ginette T Belle on 12/25/03 at 01:03 AM

this has got to be my favourite...it's definitely going on my list...i love it a WHOLE bunch...

Posted by Maria Terezia Ferencz on 10/09/08 at 10:51 PM

Yep I can see this one, loud laughter to drown out the cries. Makes sense.

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