How Do
by David Kraai

"How do?" said the cowboy as he rode on the range
"How do?" said the filly as the sun shone on her braids
"How do?" said the birds to the early morning dew
"How do?" was our introduction too

"How do?" said the rancher to his aching back
"How do?" said the husband who just couldn't last
"How do?" said the family to their next of kin
"How do?" was our introduction to sin

"How do you do?"
I said, "How do?"
"How do you do?" is what I'm asking you

"How do?" said the buffalo to his ailing brother the plain
"How do?" said the girl without a name
"How do?" said the wind as it whispered in an ear
"How do?" was a girl all hopes and no tears

"How do?" said the whiskey as it burned going down
"How do?" said the lost, broken crown
"How do?" said your conscience right after the fact
"How do?" was all that was left after that

"How do you do?"
I said, "How do?"
"How do you do?" is what I'm asking you



2017