Cowpoke Night

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By: Wayne Brown

The moon’s rising full with its yellow man all a glow

The cattle are under the trees and bedded lightly low

Ol’ Cookies cleans his pans; the pokes eat the beans

Now its lay our bedroll and against our saddles we lean



Ol' One-Eyed John got an old harmonica to blow

He plays it so easily ever soft and right tempo he’ll go

We look up at stars all sprinkled in the heavens above

Think our home, our families, that one true love



The long-ear jack rabbits are all bed down in holes

The coyotes are yipping a song from their souls

The old owls a hootin’, the hawks on the wing

The locusts and crickets are just starting to sing



Drovers circle the herd on horse all night long

Moving bout easily and singing low songs

Their sweet singing will soothe the cattle as one

The herd will be rested when comes the new dawn



The moon and the stars are a cowpoke’s own light

They show him the way and provide a visual delight

Resting on his saddle with a blanket of stars way on high

Heavens comfort his weary bones; the night seems to sigh



Flying bugs with tails on fire flash through the liquid night

Leaving a luminous trail as they flitter bout their flight

Coiled on warm rocks lies the diamondback rattlesnake

He’s just soaking up the warmth, no trouble he makes



Out to the west yonder, a ways out where that ridge lies

Looks like a storms brewing, it’ll be here by sunrise

We could all use the rain, it will just fit our need

Please, no thunder or lightning, the herd might stampede



The gentle rains they come and wash way all the dust

Light winds gently blow, but occasionally they gust

Us old cowboys, we don’t mind getting’ a little wet

It’s just about the only bath that we can ever get



The night will soon end and the morning will arrive

The cowpokes will wake and start comin’ alive

Cookie will have the eggs, bacon and biscuits laid out

Then it’s on to their horse to push the herd out



Just another lonely night on the trail punchin’ cattle

Sleepin’ under the stars on the seat of our saddle

Punchin’ the herd to Abilene all the way up the trail

Bound to get us some money from the beef that we sell


© Copyright WBrown2010. All Rights Reserved.

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epigramman 6 years ago

always a delight - always a pleasure - and always worth reading again and again!

I am not too good with words so I refer to my dictionary a lot - and I wanted to see what the phrase - 'no finer gentleman can write like him' - and I saw a picture in there of WAYNE BROWN!


SilverGenes 6 years ago

They were a tough bunch of boys for sure. I like how you mention the storm coming in by morning - very nice! Once again, a great job of creating a realistic picture of a life often romanticized and you kept the romantic bits in. Nicely done all round!


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@epigramman...Sir, you make me yearn to be a better writer just so I could live up to your praise of me. You can bet your boots that I'll damn sure try it too! What page did you say my picture was on??? LOL WB

@SilverGenes....Woo, like that new pic, SEXY!! It's the Groucho Marx Show! Thank you for those kind words. They were a romantic breed living a mighty hard life but folks didn't know what hard was back then, it was just livin'. For the most part, it was honest livin' though and that's more they we can say today in so many circles! WB


SilverGenes 6 years ago

So true! It's a lifestyle that we get to glimpse only briefly and from a great distance when we go camping. And thanks for the compliment on my new identity - it's part of the witness protection program after that last hub!


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DzyMsLizzy 6 years ago from Oakley, CA

Great read! Great word picture of the old West...harsh reality tempered by gentle words. Superb blend!


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valeriebelew 6 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA

Good ole western poem. The horonica thing reminded me of Dad who played one. Liked the laid back western style. (:v


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@DML...thank you...glad you enjoyed it! WB


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@valeriebelew...that' just what I hope to capture! WB


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breakfastpop 6 years ago

I enjoy everything you write. Keep em coming!


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you Poppy!


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ltfawkes 6 years ago from NE Ohio

A fine contribution to the venerable tradition of Cowboy poetry. I felt like I was there.

L.T.


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

LT...thanks much. I am so glad that I could take you there. I guess that's as good as the compliments get when you feel a part of the experience. WB


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cjv123 6 years ago from Michigan

You painted a Cowboy canvas for us! Beautifully and artfully done Wayne! As usual!


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@cjv123.....thanks Carol... Traveling this week, will ne catching up on reading next week! WB


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geegee77 6 years ago from The Lone Star State!!

That was an awsome hub Mr. Brown I loved it:) ge


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@GeeGee77...thank you ge...glad you liked it! WB


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saddlerider1 6 years ago

Yup those cowpokers lead a hearty, treacherous and never a dull moment existence for sure. Up early and to bed late and sunrise came early. They certainly were a hearty bunch. But living on the range was exciting and something I would love to have tried.


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@SR1....Yes Ken, there is a romantic aspect of that life I suppose until you live it a while...I think it was the freedom more so than anything else. Have you heard from CC? WB


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saddlerider1 6 years ago

I started a thread yesterday in the Forum and I am attaching the link here for you to have a read. Charlie is not faring to well, he took down all his hubs, wrote a couple of real bleak and dark poems and did not include a comments box. He is in rough shape and a few have emailed him who know him better and are relaying the information back to us. I sure hope he gets back on track, I miss him and so do many other hubbers. And I know you and him are tight on here and have had lots of fun.

http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/48076


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@SR1....Thanks for the update Ken. I did not hear a word out of him but thought for sure that Dusty would. I am traveling this week and have not been on line that much to check things. I am going to look around and see if I still have his email address in my contact book. I would like at least tell him how much I appreciated his friendship and encouragement here the Hub. I will let you know if I hear anything. Thanks! WB


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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

My kind of stuff! Loved it! Read it twice.I could almost smell the horses and the sweat on the bedrolls.


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valeriebelew 6 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA

If capturing the atmosphere of the old west was what you meant to do, you accomplished your goal. Good writing. Had to come back and read it again. (:v


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@bayoulady...thank you! Glad you enjoyed it! WB


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@valeriebelew....wooooo! Two visits! I'll take that as a compliment any day! WB


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rose56 6 years ago

Very good .The good old days. I loved the hub ,and its a delight reading your poems there easy to read as well.


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@rose56...Thank you, Rose. As I have said many times, I am just a "Dick n' Jane" poet so I try to keep it simple and keep the subject interesting and it seems to work! WB


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Steele Fields 6 years ago from drexel hill,pa

Wayne: I love anything to do with cowboy life and as an Eastcoaster, harbor many romantic ideas about the lifestyle, but your hub does much to illuminate the harsh reality below the surface, of a life of incredibly hard work and perhaps even occasional loneliness. You speak from experience and your powers of observation serve you well. Thanks for this poetic journey into the life of the American cowboy.


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@Steele Fields...Yes, I think everyone has a mental romance with the old west and when those good lookin' cowboys like Selleck and Costner populate the screen it makes it even more so. I love Lonesome Dove as well mainly because I am such a Robert Duvall fan...I think he brings a character to life and makes you forget that he is Robert Duvall. McMurtry painted some very vivid characters and certainly found the essence of the life of those times. I thought the book was fantastic and the characters came to the screen much in the way I envisioned them when reading it. Thanks for your comment Steele! WB


ralwus 6 years ago

I could almost smell the herd, the sweat, hear the harps singing and the rattler buzzin' while enjoying this one. Cheers and happy trails Duke. CC


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@ralwus...thanks, old son...my pleasure to bring it to ya! WB

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