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Friday, July 5, 2013

Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth

My good friend, Delores, of The Feathered Nest, issues six challenge words every Wednesday, that we participants have to make head and/or tails out of.
Usually we make both.
Here are this week's words, which just happen to coincide with the start of this year's Calgary Stampede. 
Recalcitrant, fangs, dithering, glassy, rodeo, wet
And this is my response:

Today, if they’ve dried Calgary out,
‘S the day when people cheer and shout.
This day begins the rodeo,
Come and join me, we will go!
No dithering on which things to see,
There’s something there for you and me.
There’s sexy cowboys by the score,
With hats and jeans and so much more . . .
Recalcitrant, okay, I know,
But still they have that ‘something’ glow.
And horses, (wow!) alert and bright,
Each one a glassy, shining sight.
For people who for ‘country’ yearn,
There’s much to see and more to learn.
[Regrets to vampire fans. While there,
No fangs are present anywhere.]
So come to Calgary, it’s not wet,
The floods are gone, the stage is set.
Come see (and get your money’s worth),
The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth!




9 comments:

  1. Something I have always wanted to see...The Calgary Stampede. Glad you folks are starting to dry out over there.

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    1. Do come out and see it. It's definitely worth the flight!

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  2. Someday, maybe I will see the Calgary Stampede. Great take on Delores' words. I just realized I left out "rodeo". Dammit.

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    1. Do come!
      Going to read your composition now . . .

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  3. Good poetry. Keep 'em coming.

    This year is the show that almost wasn't. Interesting to note that this flood is the 5th worst. The last one (4th worst) was in 1932 but I don't think it happened this close to Stampede because I understand that the show has never been cancelled. A lot of hard work to get the grounds cleaned up but the Saddledome won't be available for the scheduled concerts so they've been cancelled. Hope it's up and running for the Eagles concert in Sept.

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    1. The fifth worst?! And the last in 1932?!!! That's a little scary. Okay, a lot scary. Sad that the concerts had to be cancelled, but happy that the Stampede is going on anyway, 'come Hell or high water'!

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  4. It's almost beyond belief that the Stampede is going ahead after all the flooding. People can do some amazing things.

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    1. I guess you could say that Albertans (and especially Calgarians) don't give up easily! :)

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  5. Calgary is awesome.
    Unbelievable how they managed to overcome that flood .
    It was a scary one to be sure.

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