Roy’s Poem

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Cowboy Poem by Roy Smith

Siskiyou County rancher, Roy Smith, wrote this on June 10, 2010

We have to save the coho salmon

But, the records are so very new

Was there ever very many

Was there always just a few?

They ruined families, homes and towns

So the spotted owl could have its way.

But, we’ve never really heard

if the owl is better off today.

We fenced our land along the creeks

It’s not as scenic as it was.

But everybody volunteered

They said it was a worthy cause.

We went to meeting after meeting

Just to learn what we could do.

We learned we were expendable

and they want the water too!

In the cruelest trick of all

If the Fish and Game should have their say;

We will have to buy a permit

to give our Water Rights away!

Cowboy and poet, Roy Smith gathering cattle on their range East of Mt. Shasta in Siskiyou County, California.

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