White Mule

Poncho goes by
my house
4 times a day sometimes

He and his white mule
carry milk cans
in the morning empty
full at midday.

They carry bags
of silage and chicken shit
to make the cows give
more cream.

Poncho rides when he can
sometimes he walks under
a bag of shit
same as his mule.

Some people say
Poncho has a baby mind
I can not say.

He cried like a baby
the day his dog died
I thought
he acted like full grown man.

4 times a day Poncho goes by
my house.
He turns his head
to see me

we raise our arms
in unison
3 slow arches,


If we both count.

What I learned from 9 1/2 Weeks

Fourth in a series from my memoir, Humble Pie

Chili Remedy

If you are unfortunate enough to accidentally get chili in your nose (my personal favorite), some other delicate area, or just one with too much heat, milk is the fastest way to cool it. For lips, soak them in the glass. Too much, sip milk until you feel better. Nose, eyelids, other, use a Q-tip or cotton ball soaked in milk. Dab the affected area. It will feel better on contact and take approximately ten minutes to diminish, depending on the strength of the chili, or you could you use Ms. Basinger’s method.

The video is a little racy.