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Ezekiel J. Krahlin

(to Gary from Butte, Montana)

(A True Tale From The Castro. Eat your heart out, Armistead!)

©1998 by Ezekiel J. Krahlin

  My Montana cowboy rides the
  Taller than a lonesome pine.
  The open sky is in his veins,
  The eagle in his eyes.

  Oh, my Montana cowboy is a man
     among all men,
  For his word is true, and his
     spirit strong
  As a mountain lion to its ken.

  His beauty is as an angel, and
     his spirit just as sweet;
  Graced by the light of God's own
  From head to hands to feet.


NOTE: I picked up this absolutey handsome, buff dude from Montana... a real cowboy (raises llama instead of conventional cattle). The next morning, after congenially parting ways over a cup of coffee, I noticed the headline on the newsracks as I stroll home: "Montana's Miracle". It was about football great Joe Montana...but I knew that it was also a message just for me! Gary was a beautiful angel of a man...whom I hope some day to see again, and remain lifelong friends.