Cowboy Poetry: "The Handshake" by Jim KenshaloCowboy Poetry: "The Handshake" by Jim Kenshalo
This poem describes the meaning of a cattleman's handshake.
May 4, 2016
Stockmen, family and friends,
Tired neighbors, nervous strangers
All look each other in the eye
Bare-handed, firm and confident,
Calloused palms, knobby-knuckles,
Dusty, swollen, frail and old
Sometimes stiff and cold
Sometimes smooth as silk with a weak wrist, I suppose
the breath of a rose
Some hands may have a trimmer and won't let go
Some hands crackle and pop
Some hands are like an old wet mop
A reach-around for a rag
A quick wipe and rub
A thumbs-up on a open right hand
Eyes meet with the press of flesh.
A promise to be kept.
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