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 © 2019
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