Jackalope

 

Jackalope

Jackalope
Some say the Jackalope is just a creature of fantasy and myth,
That ain’t true – they are real – as I will prove forthwith.
Not everyone can see one – they are masters of camouflage,
And when a Jackalope is spotted most think they are a damn mirage.
Now my grandpappy he was a professional hunter of sorts,
He used to hunt the elusive Colorado Jackalope for sport.
Some believe grandpappy was a tad crazy and up in his apple jack,
That ain’t true, for I seen more than a dozen dead in his hunter’s sack.
It was my grandpappy who taught me all about them Jackalopes,
Told me they were a cross between a jack rabbit and prairie antelopes.
I reckon they don’t like the high country Rocky Mountain frontier,
Why they don’t like the elevations to me is somewhat – unclear.
They seem to have a kinship to the foothills and the sage brush flats,
As I say Jackalopes are elusive as all get out – even in their native habitats.
When they get scared they have this ability lay out completely flat,
Some accounts say they can be just as silent as an old tom cat.
Course the females don’t have antlers and can be a dash confusing,
Even worse if you are like grandpappy drinking apple jack and boozing.
It has been said they are loners and not very social creatures,
Ain’t true – always in packs with the biggest buck who is a screecher.
I said they were elusive – that part is true – they are actually cunning,
Lord forbid you get caught in a stampede when they are running.
You will get trampled, thumped, and more than likely antlered gored,
Beaten to hell, by those pesky runaway Jackalopes with antlers like swords.
You can always tell when the buck Jackalope is primed and ready to rut,
He will bugle his intentions when locating a female doe to smell her butt.
Probably learned a thing or two today about Jackolopes you never knew,
Come autumn after hunting season I’ll cook you up some Jackalope stew.
Kurt James
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Kurt James was born and raised in the foothills of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. With family roots in western Kansas and having lived in South Dakota for 20 years Kurt naturally had become an old western and nature enthusiast. Over the years Kurt has become one of Colorado’s prominent nature photographer’s through his brand name of Midnight Wind Photography. His poetry has been featured in the Denver Post, PM Magazine and on 9NEWS in Denver, Colorado. Kurt is also a feature writer for HubPages and Creative Exiles with the article’s focused on Colorado history, ghost towns, outlaws, and poetry. Inspired at a young age by writers such as Jack London, Louis L’Amour and Max Brand have formed Kurt’s natural ability as a storyteller. Kurt has published 5 novels all based in and around the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Using the Midnight Wind Publishing brand Kurt has also released a poetry collection - Poetry and Thoughts of a Wandering Man - (Uniquely Colorado edition) and now this collection - Poetry and Reflections of a Wandering Man (Random Thoughts edition) all are available in print or download on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads and other fine bookstores. And a few shady bookstores as well. Kurt is working on his 6th Colorado adventure tale novel “Conner’s Saga”.
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Kurt James

Kurt James was born and raised in the foothills of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. With family roots in western Kansas and having lived in South Dakota for 20 years Kurt naturally had become an old western and nature enthusiast. Over the years Kurt has become one of Colorado’s prominent nature photographer’s through his brand name of Midnight Wind Photography. His poetry has been featured in the Denver Post, PM Magazine and on 9NEWS in Denver, Colorado. Kurt is also a feature writer for HubPages and Creative Exiles with the article’s focused on Colorado history, ghost towns, outlaws, and poetry. Inspired at a young age by writers such as Jack London, Louis L’Amour and Max Brand have formed Kurt’s natural ability as a storyteller. Kurt has published 5 novels all based in and around the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Using the Midnight Wind Publishing brand Kurt has also released a poetry collection - Poetry and Thoughts of a Wandering Man - (Uniquely Colorado edition) and now this collection - Poetry and Reflections of a Wandering Man (Random Thoughts edition) all are available in print or download on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads and other fine bookstores. And a few shady bookstores as well. Kurt is working on his 6th Colorado adventure tale novel “Conner’s Saga”.

8 thoughts on “Jackalope

  • October 2, 2019 at 11:25 PM
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    Ah! Can’t wait for that Jackalope stew! Love your poem, Kurt. My eldest brother (gone now) often spoke of the Jackalope from down around Texas way. He had some darn good stories about those strange critters. Great rhyme and phrasing. Well done.

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  • October 3, 2019 at 5:29 PM
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    Well, I will have you over for my famous Jackalope stew Phyllis… Glad you enjoyed this piece. Amazingly how many people don’t believe in Jackalopes…lol

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  • October 5, 2019 at 7:53 PM
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    Loved this. I’ve heard of the jackalope and your poem delighted me and I am looking forward to the stew.

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    • October 6, 2019 at 12:09 PM
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      Sounds as if there will be 2 for Jackalope stew…. lol.. glad this piece delighted you Rasma..

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  • October 6, 2019 at 5:22 PM
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    I might stop by for a bowl if there is any left. I heard tales of Jackalope in Montana, those little fellas get around. Jamie

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    • October 7, 2019 at 5:47 PM
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      I will set a bowl of Jackalope stew out for you as well Jaime… Thanks for stopping by.

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  • October 13, 2019 at 6:01 AM
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    Haha Kurt, we have some strange creatures here in Australia such as the platypus so I would never venture to doubt the jackalope is real. A fun and enjoyable tale. Cheers buddy.

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    • October 15, 2019 at 11:42 AM
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      hahaha John – Glad you don’t doubt if the Jackalope is real, because if you did there would be no Jackalope stew for you…lol..

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