Hap Stuart is a retired rancher from Sundance, WY.  His poems reflect his 50 years’ experience as a cowboy, some good, some bad, but all true.  Hap and his wife Ruby spend their winters in Mesquite.


I hate to leave Wyoming friends
I’m thinkin’ it’s not fair
To leave them here while we go south
To the warm and balmy air
October’s suns make promises
I know that they can’t keep
It won’t be long before the snow
Is drifted cold and deep
Last night I heard the geese fly by
Their winter home to find
A few more days and you must know
We won’t be far behind
So, like the crafty wild goose
Returns in spring back here
I hope that our Wyoming friends
Will welcome us next year
                               © Hap Stuart