Sam Elliott’s Voice

a-cowboys-life-meagan-shepherdBy Marc Gilson

 

Sam Elliott’s voice

Chews through bone-dry leather

With one eye clamped shut

 

 

Sam Elliott’s voice

Should be the only one to tell you

That your transmission is shot

 

Sam Elliott’s voice

Is the howling wind and 12 below,

Or 101 in the stifled shade

 

Sam Elliott’s voice

Is either winter or summer

(never spring or fall)

 

Sam Elliott’s voice

Is the voice of rope-calloused hands

And high plains dirt packed under thick fingernails

 

Sam Elliott’s voice

Does not tolerate human weakness

But understands human frailty

 

Sam Elliott’s voice

Sounds like a 1962 Ford F-100 pickup

Doing 20 mph on a dry gravel road

 

Sam Elliott’s voice

Narrates the echo of loss, the pang of heartache,

And the despair of solitude

 

Sam Elliott’s voice

Is the shimmering August heat vapor

On 500 miles of boiling black Texas interstate

 

Sam Elliot’s voice

Smells like low octane gasoline, tobacco,

Leather, and campfires

 

Sam Elliot’s voice

Has never asked for directions

Not once

 

Sam Elliott’s voice

Knows when to hold ‘em, when to fold ‘em,

And when to walk away.

 

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3 thoughts on “Sam Elliott’s Voice

  1. BernadineJoy says:

    Sam Elliot’s voice
    With cowboy boots of years well worn
    When ere you pass my way

  2. Love this, Marc, with a big, crazy, tumbleweed love.

  3. David Bardes says:

    Fantastic Marc! Beautiful images drawn with simple words and a strong cadence!

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