In honour of Cowboy Poetry Week, Sunday, April 19 to Saturday, April 25, we are featuring poems by Doris Daley! Today’s poem is called “Pancakes.”
Born and raised in Southern Alberta ranch country, Doris Daley writes cowboy poetry that celebrates the humour, history and way of life of the west. Doris has been an emcee and featured performer at every cowboy festival in Canada as well as several in the United States, including Texas, California, Colorado, Nevada, Utah, Montana and Oregon. In 2004 she was named Best Female Cowboy Poet in North America by the Academy of Western Artists. At the November, 2009 WMA Awards Show, Doris won top honours for Best Female Cowboy Poet and best cowboy poetry CD.
It was love at first sight when we met at the dance,
A short order cook on the prowl for romance.
We cheered at the rodeo, bet on the chucks
We partied as hard as a bucking bull bucks.
We fueled the affair with big rock and steaks
But love was ignited with his first stack of cakes.
He ate ‘em in the morning
He loved ‘em cold at night
He soaked ‘em down with syrup
And he buttered every bite.
He ate ‘em by the dozen
He chowed ‘em by the stack,
He ate ‘em left to right and outside in
And front to back.
He grabbed them off the griddle,
He ate them out of hand,
He liked ‘em light and fluffy
Folded, flipped or fanned.
He ate ‘em plain or fancy
He loved them dry as hay,
By Thursday he had revved right up to
Twenty stacks a day.
As for love and romance,
By now you may have guessed
We were married in the springtime
At an IHOP way out west.
We’re still eating pancakes
Just not stacked quite so high
Twice a week is plenty…
We’re saving up for this July.