COWBOY POETRY: Vaccinate

Bryce Angell is a cowboy poet. Angell was raised on a farm/ranch in the St. Anthony, Idaho area with approximately 75 head of horses. Horses remain an important part of Angell's life. Angell shares his poetry with Cache Valley Daily every Friday.

I’ve said it time and time again.  I’m just a country boy.  But today I wear a different hat, a medical employee.

Each day at work I peek in on the pediatric floor.  I witness little faces who aren’t smiling anymore.

You see, their world’s been turned around, such frightful, widened eyes.  It dang near breaks this old man’s heart to hear their desperate cries.

Most moms would go to battle to protect their little one.  Don’t cross a father when it comes to daughter or his son.

So why in God’s creation do we fail to vaccinate?  Our children reap the consequence.  Who knows their final fate?

I’m going to take you back to 1953 or so.  The measles and the whooping cough were taking quite a toll.

The virus we call polio was claiming young and old.  Some parents felt the heartache watching children leave their fold.

I’ve listened to both sides.  I hear the heated long debate.  But parents risk their children’s lives if they don’t vaccinate.

The terrible diseases are just waiting to grab hold of a tiny little toddler who might never then grow old.

A well-intentioned mother told me polio’s wiped out.  She said it so assuming.  Seemed she didn’t even doubt.

I tried to speak with reason.  Said, “Compare the evidence.  Vaccinating stopped the ill.  Sure ain’t coincidence.”

We know you love your children, even more the reason why to vaccinate and let the nasty virus pass on by.

So, mothers would you help us keep each virus on the run?  Consider vaccinating and for heck sake get it done!

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