Cowboy poet to appear on national TV
A national broadcast of the Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days Cowboy Church service will include an appearance by Gabe Pennell. The Christian cowboy poet from Purdy will be reciting one of his poems as part of the service, which will air on RFD-TV on Sept. 7 at 4:30 p.m. and on Sept. 8 at 8:30 p.m.
Susie McIntire-Lucksinger, Reba McIntire's sister, hosts the weekly broadcast. Pennell said he has been attending Cheyenne Frontier Days for years and always attends cowboy church. He and Lucksinger have become good friends as Pennell has helped her with several different cowboy church events.
"She hosts cowboy church every week," said Pennell. "They go all over the western half of the United States."
This will be Pennell's second TV appearance on one of Lucksinger's broadcasts. This last appearance was taped on July 20.
"I was on last year and a lot of my friends said they would have watched if they had known," said Pennell. "So now I'm telling them."
Pennell has all of his poems memorized and will be reciting "Just Whittling" during the Sept. 7 and 8 broadcast. This poem is about an old man who is whittling a statue as Pennell happens to walk by. In the end, the old man creates a masterpiece.
"It's about what the Lord could do with us if we would wait and let Him do the whittling," said Pennell. "We're always too busy doing other things."
Pennell says he has written 30 to 40 poems and several of those have been written for individuals. He said his best poem is one he wrote for his 103-year-old grandmother.
Nine of Pennell's favorite poems have been put on a CD, entitled "A Cowboy's Life," which the poet makes available to anyone who wants one. He said he sells them for $15 but has given a lot of them away for free.
"If someone doesn't have the money, I give the CD to them anyway," said Pennell.
Anyone who would like to receive a CD of Pennell's poems can call him at 417-466-8283 or write to him at Rt. 3, Box 338, Purdy, MO 65734.
Pennell also reads his poems at various churches in the area. He has done recitations at Corinth Baptist Church in Cassville, Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Washburn, Community Faith Chapel in Cassville and at his home church of Gunter Fundamental Methodist Church. He also had appeared at the Cowboy Connection for Christ services held monthly in Exeter.
For more information on RFD-TV and its broadcast schedule, visit rfdtv.com.