(KUSA) From a boy to a man, Clyde Chess has been living life as planned on the wide expanse of Rush, Colorado.
"Just as sure as a preacher is called to preach, I feel like I'm called to be a steward of the land and of livestock," Chess says.
It's a rough-and-tumble life, he said, caring for cattle during all times of the day in varying weather conditions from the serene to the freezing cold open plains blizzards, but Chess wants to share with others the struggles and the beauty of life on the ranch through the art form of poetry.
He says being a poet was never part of his original plan.
"My boyhood dream was to be a cowman and this being a poet deal just happened by accident," Chess explains. "Heard a poem or two that struck my fancy and I thought, what, I'll try that."