Ridin' For The Brand


By: Wayne Brown


The bunkhouse is dry; the bed’s feather down

It’s a step way up from sleeping on the ground

It’s one of the reasons that I make a good hand

And one of the reasons that I ride for the brand


The grub is first-rate and warming to the soul

The coffee’s always hot and staves off the cold

It’s one of the reasons that I work on this land

And one of the reasons that I ride for the brand


My wages are fair and my hours are the best

Better than some and far better than the rest

It’s one of the reasons that I work for this man

And one of the reasons that I ride for the brand


The work is honest and what a cowpoke knows

It fits with my day and it works with my clothes

It’s one of the reasons for where I stand

And one of the reasons that I ride for this brand



There’s cows to be punched and fences to ride

There’s new doggies needing brands on their sides

It’s just another reason I take pride when I can

And one of the reasons that I ride for the brand


A cowboy life I wanted;  it was plenty enough

Nothing complicated just honest work and stuff

That is the reason I like to work on this land

And it makes me proud to ride for the brand.


My earth days are numbered and one day I’ll be old

But this boss man will never leave me out in the cold

It’s one of the reasons I’m proud to shake his hand

And a damn fine reason to ride for the brand


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Longhunter 6 years ago

As usual, another good one, Wayne. Makes me wish I was born 150 years sooner. I always wanted to be a cowboy.

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starflakes 6 years ago from Florida

love the western feel to it all you take me there. thanks for sharing

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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@Longhunter...Thank you sir. There is a part of me that believes in reincarnation and makes me feel like I might have lived at one time in those days...maybe you did too. Those were interesting times. Thanks much WB

@starflakes....Glad it brought you a vision. Thanks for stopping by and commenting! WB

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saddlerider1 6 years ago

I'm with Longhunter on this one, I've always wanted to be a cowboy every since dressing up like one from head to toe when I was knee high to a grasshopper. Another reason for my ID on here being Saddlerider.

I've have had the pleasure of the odd ride or two in my time, but nothing would compare to living it and riding for the brand for a man like you describe so wonderfully in this brilliant poem. Thanks for the share pardner..

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breakfastpop 6 years ago

I love this Wayne and I thank you for sharing your talent.

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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@saddlerider...I am just a sucker for the old west. In fact, I cannot wait to see this new movie...the remake of True Grit. I think it is going to be a hum-dinger! Thanks for the good words, Ken. WB

breakfastpop....Glad you liked it and my talent! LOL! WB

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CMerritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

Okay, I can hear the voice of Sam Elliot reading this, with Scenes from John Wayne in the back ground....THIS is the stuff that makes men more manly. Again, this was awesome Wayne, I enjoyed this one.

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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@CMerritt....Thanks so much. Sam Elliot would certainly do me proud to reach this one anytime and of course the welcome mat is always out for "The Duke". I appreciate your comments! WB

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

This was another excellent poem Wayne. It really makes you feel like you are part of the ranch scene. Rated awesome.

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WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Riding For The Brand is the ultimate in loyalty and who the cowboys are.

Well done!

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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

You may not be a cowboy in real life, Wayne, but you are a cowboy in spirit that any rancher would admire to hire. :)

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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@Pamela99...Glad that you could grasp the vision Pam. I love writing in this genre when I can find the material. I appreciate that awesome very much! WB

@WillStarr...A friend here on the hub turned me on to you and I am so glad to see you turning up at my place. We share a lot of the same loves for the old west and I am anxious to read more of your stuff. Glad to see that you liked this one. You have some really good writing senses and I hope to see you take them outside your comfort zone and extend yourself into a lot of areas. You have a fan here my friend! WB

@drbj...Hell, I probably "all hat and no cattle" when comes down to it but there is a part of me that feels like that I lived in that time. On that basis, it comes kind of easy to me. WB

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TimBryce 6 years ago

Wayne -

Great read. I particularly enjoyed reading this piece early in the morning with a cup of hot coffee.

All the Best,


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@TimBryce...I hope it felt as good as reading your good words while enjoying my hot coffee! LOL! Thanks Tim. WB

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Amy Becherer 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Your style of easy writing is perfect for easy riding. Your poems always hit the mark no matter what the topic.

Like a true cowboy, if it gets much colder here in St. Louis, I'm gonna build a campfire in my livingroom! Again, Wayne, perfect.

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MartieCoetser 6 years ago from South Africa

This was a damn fine poem :)) I guess the lives of those cowboys were not very complicated. Voted up!

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dallas93444 6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

Today in the Wall Street Journal, there is an article about "city slikkers" (retired CEO's) becoming real cowboys and competing in "cow-cutting." I welcome back Country-Western dancing and honest singing where they do not kill the police and make gangsters look good...

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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@Amy Becherer...Thank you so much, Amy. I try to write with as much honesty and quality as I can. In that light, there is nothing finer than the American Cowboy. My hat is off to them and all they stand for! WB

@MartieCoetser...Thanks so much, this was a fun poem to write and I felt proud when I finished it. WB

@dallas93444....Yep, might as well take a job where the work is honest for a change is what I say. There is no finer world that where a person's word is is their bond. That's something we can all take stock in and believe in too! WB

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samiaali 6 years ago

I love this poem Wayne Brown. Beautifully done. It is my style!

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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@samiaali...Thank you. I love writing in the western genre when I can find the material. Glad this one worked for you. WB

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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

I always wanted to be a cowgirl because I so loved horses. However, in my case, I imagine it would be yet another gallop down comedy lane.

I actually was a barrel racer for a day - I did really well at it too. Only problem was it was a contest with a little 'gig' attached to it. You had to have the best time and all that but you also had to carry a raw egg in your mouth.

I galloped across the finish line so proud of myself because I was the winner - only to have my horse slam his front legs down jarring my blasted head causing me to break the egg. I decided I wasn't cowgirl material although I guess I could have tried to go eggless!

Well done as always, Wayne! Wonderful mastery of bringing us the image crystal clear.

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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@akirchner...Thanks, Audrey...sounds like your barrel-racing has the makings of a good hub story! Thanks for sharing it! WB

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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

Wayne, you are the real cowboy. I have a dream to see a cowboy when I visit USA someday. I really enjoy your poem. Beautiful and very original. I also liked the video. Thanks for share with us. Have a nice weekend.

Love and peace!

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pennyofheaven 6 years ago from New Zealand

Wow you make me want to be a cowgirl. (If there is such a thing?) Excellent Poem thanks!

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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@prasetio30...Hey, anybody can be a cowboy..you just have to believe, that's all! Glad you like the poem and thanks for the good words! WB

@pennyofheaven...Lots of cowgirls in Texas...one more can't hurt! Glad the poem inspired you! WB

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Grandma's House 6 years ago

You bring it to life, Wayne. I can see the walls of the bunkhouse and feel the warmth at the end of the day and the rush of cold air and morning dew that snaps another day into life. As always, I disappear for awhile in your poems and stories of the old west. Thank you for yet another time out :)

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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@Grandma's House...Glad I can give you that respite with my poems. I love writing western poems...the inspirations fall short of the desires too often. It's a great subject and a fun one to write about. Thanks AL. WB

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Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

Really enjoyed this hub. When all is said and done -- what else is important -- just honest work and stuff (pride).

The concept of honest work seems lost on many. As parents, we love 'em, so we don't want things to be hard . . . but teaching those hard lessons . . .

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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@Truckstop Sallly...Even a cowboy needs something to idlentify with at times. Been out of town...just back and catching up. WB

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