Running boards


My Chevy Silverado keeps on racking up the miles. Dependable and sure 

enough has always been worthwhile.

But from years of climbing in and out, the running boards were bent. They 

were rusted through and full of holes. Their years of use were spent.

My good friend, our mechanic, helped remove each running board.  He 

said, “Go buy some new ones or you’ll fall out on your gourd.”  

I told him he was prob’ly right. I’m such a clumsy tub. Then I opened up 

the truck door. Tried to pull myself on up.

I grabbed the steering wheel and then I made a big mistake. As I hopped 

up with my left foot, my right lodged underneath the brake.  

With my right foot stuck I couldn’t move. I’d say this is the pits. With my left 

foot hanging off the ground, my stiff legs did the splits.

I’ve always wondered ’bout the splits. Is there a kind of rule? And if I might 

now qualify for old man cheering school.

My mechanic got me out of my red faced predicament. I sat there in the 

driver’s seat so full of discontent.  

I knew I needed running boards just one more big expense. I guess I’d 

grab the money set aside for brand new fence.

I pulled into Hank’s Auto Shop and talk about bad luck. I opened up my 

door and fell right underneath the truck. 

The fellow parked right next to me came running up to help. He said he 

didn’t see me fall but surely heard me yelp.

He stuck around to watch till he could see I wasn’t hurt. He even used a 

broom to help me brush off all the dirt.  

I shook his hand then watched him put his broom back in the trunk. I 

heard his good wife holler out. “I think the man is drunk.”

From not having running boards I’ve done the splits and bit the dust. Been 

called a drunk, I must conclude, running boards should be a must.  

I’ve ordered brand new running boards. I hope they get here soon. ‘Cuz 

without the running boards I’m just a clumsy guy buffoon.


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Bryce Angell’s father was an outfitter and guide for 35 years, and Bryce was there to shoe and care for the horses and help him do the cooking. Bryce is from Idaho and still rides into the Tetons, Yellowstone and surrounding areas. His poems are mostly of personal experience.



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