Round-Up Time!

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By: Wayne Brown

 

The winter has finally broke and the snow is on the melt

Us ‘pokes prefer the spring, that how we’ve always felt

Spring is round up time; got to get them doggies to corral

Got to get ‘em all branded fore they roam the chaparral

 

 

Us ‘pokes are riding the canyons and scouring the earth

Lookin’ for all the stray cattle and babies they birth

We’ll build a hot fire; get the iron ready and hot

And brand all them doggies that the drovers have got

 

 

It’s mighty hot work whether herdin’ or brandin’

A poke still sweats whether he’s ridin’ or standin’

Them calves from the herd, us ol’ cowpokes will strip

Then we’ll wrestle them down to get a brand on a hip

 

 

Workin’ it hard from before sun up until after sunset

Each one of them calves will get branded you can bet

Then we’ll cut them all loose to roam on the wild wind

Come springtime next year, we’ll do it all over again

 

 

Us ‘pokes work hard for the few dollars it will pay

We love what we do; not much money, but its okay

We are all worth the pay right down to the last hand

We’ll round up those doggies; get them all on a brand

 

 

Ranchin’ and cowboyin’ is one proud love of labor

It’s the kind that at days end a real cowman can savor

Seeing springtime come and all those lil’ doggies born

Makes a real ol’ cowpoke want to get up in the morn

 

 

Once we get past the spring and have put on the brand

We can get back to the ranch and the chores at hand

There’s hay to be stacked; a wild bronco needs attention

A cowboy’s got work; more work than you can mention

 

 

  

 

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SilverGenes 6 years ago

This takes me back to an experience years ago on a ranch in the foothills of the Rockies. Same time of year, making the rounds to keep the coyotes at bay. Heifers about to calve. The look in their eyes is so young and uncertain. New life, woodsmoke, snow that melts in spring sunshine.

"Ranchin’ and cowboyin’ is one proud love of labor

It’s the kind that at days end a real cowman can savor

Seeing springtime come and all those lil’ doggies born

Makes a real ol’ cowpoke want to get up in the morn"

You captured everything so beautifully!


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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV

Wayne,

This would make good lyrics for a Willie Nelson song!!!!


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@SilverGenes...I am glad you liked it...seems that one verse really brought it home for you. That is really reassuring for me because I struggled with this one and almost bailed out when I didn't think that it came up to muster. I feel a bit better now, Alexandra. Thank you so much! WB

@Tom Whitworth...did you know Willie? I will probably sell it to him cheap just like when he sold "I Fall To Pieces" for $50 bucks! Thanks for the good words Tom! Oh and thanks for those great pics...Is it okay if I share them with Lorlie6...she's under the impression that she is Roy Roger's daughter I'd like to shore that up a bit for her. If it's a problem just let me know! WB


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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

Us ‘pokes are riding the canyons and scouring the earth

Lookin’ for all the stray cattle and babies they birth

Wayne,that's just out and out awesome!Loved it all, but I read these 2 lines out loud several times.....I smell spring air..........


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@bayoulady...this really shows me that I cannot always trust my own instincts about my work. I was afraid this one was not up to par but the feedback is so much better than I expected it would be. I feel good! Thanks for your great comments! WB


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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

Ha, I just had to come back and read it again, and here you are already answering. This one is just so good!I DO NOT HAVE time to be here again!LOL! I think you really have something beyond hubpages with this one.It would look so good on a plaque, sound so good in a song...Gotta go!.


ralwus 6 years ago

I feel like I was with the Duke breathing down my neck and cussing at me to hurry it up.


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Loves To Read 6 years ago

What a beautiful poem Wayne. Along with the picture it tells the story of the long, hot, weary days in the saddle. It is no easy feat rounding up the cattle on the open range but it has to be done. Truth is cowboys wouldn't have it any other way. Great work..


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@bayoulady...Thanks for that second read...it's the real confirmation that you enjoyed it! WB

@ralwus...The Duke would have you manning that hot iron probably getting kicked in the crotch a time or two every hour. The money ain't much but the work is honest! LOL! WB

@Loves To Read...Thank you so much. I struggled with this one a bit trying to capture the realism of the dust and heat mixed with the love of the work that those real cowboys do have. Thanks for your great comments! WB


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50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

Wayne, if a feller ever rode his cuttin' horse and spent time burnin' flesh and nuttin' steers he definitely will connect with this one. Your worries were for naught, you produced an excellent work here. voted up across the board, 50


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@50 Caliber...nothing like watching a good cow horse work, huh 50? Round Up Time is "calf fries" time as well. Thanks for the good words Dusty, I appreciate it and glad you enjoyed it! WB


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MariannGood 6 years ago

Thanks for experiencing being a cowboy (lady) While reading your well written poem. Good work!


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@MariannGood....Thank you for taking the time to read it and comment. I am very glad that you liked the experience. I have several more "western style poems" on my site. I hope you will try them as well. Come back soon! WB


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

Very beautifully written, Wayne. I always wanted to try my hand at cow girlin' but never got further than learning to ride. I imagine I'd not be very good at it but you describe it so well that it almost makes me think I've done it!


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@akirchner...I have always been a bit of a western romantic. I guess it's because I grew up on cap pistols, TV westerns, stick horses, and cowboys 'n indians. Glad you could enjoy it as well. Thanks much for the great comments! WB


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saddlerider1 6 years ago

Yup I can smell the spring air getting ready for the round up. What a life, I hope I come back as a real cowboy on the open range. I just know I was sent to the wrong ranch at birth. Instead of wide open spaces, cattle, horses and my ranch.

Instead I was born into a concrete jungle of city slickers with of lots of pain and hurt but through the grace of God I managed to steer my way out of it with my street smarts.

But sure would have loved to be on the ranch. Maybe next time around:0) Well done Wayne you brought out the RoundUp message for sure and great video pick along with it. Bravo


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@saddlerider1...you would have been a great cowboy, Ken...you've got adventure in your blood and you wear a hat real good. I guess you'll just have read more of poems to live out your fantasties! Thanks for the read and the comments. WB


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD

Thanks for a trip to the round-up. Well done. Great imagery & rhythm.


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@Ken R Abell....glad you could make and glad you could see the imagery..that speaks well for my poem! WB


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garynew 6 years ago from Dallas, TX and Sampran, Thailand

Another good read,thanks.


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@garynew...Thanks Gary, I appreciate the comment! WB

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