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Gypsy Cowboy

Updated on July 10, 2014

By: Wayne Brown

What’s over that next hill, down in that valley there?

Is the ocean really blue or green and do I really care?

There sure is a lot of this world out there to see

Do I really want to do it or is it just that gypsy in me?



They say the Canadian Rockies are a snow-covered sight

Others claim the Northern Lights cannot be beat at night

Then there’s the desert sands, too vast for eyes to see

Do I really need to go there or is it just the gypsy in me?



The women of Spain are said to have the most beautiful hands

The grapes of California are among the finest grown by man

The world is such a wondrous place from sea to shining sea

Do I really want to see it all or is it just that gypsy in me?



Are the pastures really and truly greener on the other side?

Are there places I can heal and hide my foolish pride?

The world is an awesome place so big, wild, and free

Do I want to experience it all, or is that gypsy calling me?



They say that books and imagination can take you anywhere

They say that one can visualize all the places far and near

The mind and books are awesome things there for you and me

Do I really want to go there, or is it just the gypsy in me?



Oh the wanderlust mind and the beauty of worldly places

Cause my mind to wonder and search for distance spaces

My curiosity longs for some new, exciting places to be

Should I shrug it off as just the calling of the gypsy in me?




A gypsy wanderer never finds roots in any given spot

They spend their life on the roam and foregoing all I’ve got

Yet there is a spot in my heart that knows they are truly free

Should I answer the call or is it just the wandering gypsy in me?



Sitting by this campfire with my horse standing near

There’s awe and beauty all around me in spaces here

I’ll leave the world to others and a cowboy I will be

Happy with all I have and tip my hat to the gypsy in me



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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      @LaurieDawn...Be thankful for those memories and all they do for your imagination and life experience. Sooner or later we all have to settle down and be responsible but the gypsy calls to us all throughout life. WB

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      LaurieDawn 7 years ago

      I loved this piece WayneBrown, I loved the magic of the gypsy life mingled with the way I would always imagine a Cowboy to be! I was a gypsy for many years in my younger life, and that freedom and that exploring was nothing I had ever experienced before, and it is wonderful to go back into my mind and remember those travels. To always have them planted in my memory.

      Thank you for the beauty of your prose!

      Blessings and hugs!


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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      @saddlerider1...We all have a degree of it and as was pointed out early in the comments, it is probably good that we are cautious to manage it so that it does not control us and take away our roots. I have been fortunate enough to see far more of the world that I ever dreamed or desire...not bad for an old southern boy. At this stage in life, I am quite content to seek the wanderlust of my mind and imagination for it has boundaries that reach far beyond the scope of any worldly thing or place. I just have to find my way there! Thanks for those great comments Ken! WB

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      saddlerider1 7 years ago

      Wayne there is that gypsy fever in most of us, unfortunately due to restraints, family life, jobs and other important tasks we can't unleash the gypsy wander lust in our souls. It's nice to dream and like you sang in your poem, books, movies and daydreaming helps bring out the gypsy lifestyle.

      The cowboy certainly had it cornered with his wanderings on cattle drives and went from place to place like a nomad or gypsy. It's a wonderful feeling to just hit the road and go out exploring.

      I am thankful I drove over the road for almost 10 years in your country and mine for I got to see so much and I must say our countries are beautiful, the majesty of our mountains, lakes, rivers, forest and ocean blows the mind for sure. Thanks for this share, enjoyed it very much.

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      @Pachuaca213...I agree, the American cowboy was very much a gypsy at heart as so many of them gave into wanderlust. Maybe that's why most did not make any money! LOL! Thanks for the great comments. I appreciate them all! WB

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      Pachuca213 7 years ago

      This was great! Cowboys I guess could be the american version of a gypsy. I love anything about gypsies, as I tend to live like one...a roaming free spirit, always have been, its in my blood. This was absolutely wonderful and your imagery was also fabulous. Thanks for sharing.

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      @dahoglund...I agree. I think mine packed up and left in disgust. At the same time, I have seen my share of the other side of the ridge and the far pasture. I am pretty comfortable just living in my mind nowadays! Thanks DA. WB

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      Don A. Hoglund 7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Seems like my inner gypsy is not as strong as when I was younger and healthier.

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      @MartieCoetser...I had not thought about it so much as other than weight alternatives but you make a very good point...we do have to guard ourselves against the wanderlust of our mind. We all have some of it...some more than others. It is the responsible thing to do...cowboy or not! WB

      @samiaali...Cowboys do roam and probably far too many had a wanderlust that they could not control. The Pacific Ocean kept that in check although I heard a few ended up in Australia...LOL! Thanks for the good words. WB

      @breakfastpop...Yeah, I'd rather ride a horse all the way across America than to take one airplane ride! LOL! Thanks Poppy! WB

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      breakfastpop 7 years ago

      If it weren't for TSA agents radiating and groping I would be a gypsy! Voted up and awesome.

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      samiaali 7 years ago

      This is a wonderful piece WB! As MartieCoetser said, it is thought-provoking. I love your comparison to a Gypsy, after all Cowboys have always roamed, haven't they! :)

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      Martie Coetser 7 years ago from South Africa

      Wayne, this is a strong thought-provoking poem! Do we really realize that we host a wondering spirit in us? One that may lead us where we don’t really want to be? Just because it is the most curious and courageous being? I really like this one. It spoke to me. Take care, tot weersiens.

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      @Amy could I go wrong with these subjects Amy? LOL! Glad you enjoyed it! WB

      @Christopher Price...So right Chris...the trucker in many ways in our modern day cowboy filled with the wanderlust of seeing what's over the next hill and restless to ride again when the roundup is over for the last time. Thanks for some great comments! WB

      @Truckstop Sally...Thanks to you...books can take us to many places. Cowboys and Gypsies romance our souls with the freedom of their maverick life. Glad you liked it! WB

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      Truckstop Sally 7 years ago

      Wonderful hub! I agree that books and imagination can take you anywhere. Gypsy and Cowboy . . . some of each in the other. Thanks for sharing!!

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      Christopher Price 7 years ago from Vermont, USA

      These days it's 18 wheels and a load that has to make it to Denver by daylight Thursday that keeps the wanderlust going.

      I hated it as often as I loved it...and I still miss pointing the hood toward the horizon and putting the pedal down.

      Oh, I still like my horses, but I cramp and walk bow-legged a lot quicker these days.

      This captured the appeal of the open range and the open road Wayne.


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      Amy Becherer 7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Captures the wanderlust in the true mavericks of the world. You roped the "cowboy" ambiance with these words, Wayne. Rawhide!!!!