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Maybe It's the Cowboys

Updated on May 31, 2020
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In loving memory of my dad, Ralph Madison (1927-2003)

Why I watch the old westerns,

I may never know for sure.

The action packed adventures,

Or the untamed country lure.

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Maybe it’s the cowboys,

Seen claiming open range.

Or maybe just the history,

The film has rearranged.

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The way they tell a story,

Acted out in such a way,

I won’t forget the meaning,

They try hard to proclaim.

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The old classic westerns,

That aired just once a week,

In a black and white display,

That made them so unique.

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Dad loved every one of them.

And now I understand.

Only great entertainment,

Could, please a great man.

My scrapbook full of treasured autographed pictures.
My scrapbook full of treasured autographed pictures. | Source
I got to meet my childhood hero, western star, James Drury back in 2011. I was so happy to have had the honor of that meeting and those times I joined him at other events later on. Sadly, we lost him in April of this year, 2020.
I got to meet my childhood hero, western star, James Drury back in 2011. I was so happy to have had the honor of that meeting and those times I joined him at other events later on. Sadly, we lost him in April of this year, 2020. | Source

© 2011 Diana L Pierce

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    • Diana Lee profile imageAUTHOR

      Diana L Pierce 

      6 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      I'm glad they are still around for us to watch, today. Thank you, CraftytotheCore for checking out my poem.

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      CraftytotheCore 

      6 years ago

      I love this. Diana, my family loved western movies when I was growing up. I still watch them from time to time.

    • Diana Lee profile imageAUTHOR

      Diana L Pierce 

      7 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      Thank you, moonlake. I haven't been very far west, but tales of the early days of the west fascinate the kid in me.

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      moonlake 

      7 years ago from America

      Beautiful poem. My Dad also loved western movies and books. Voted up.

    • Diana Lee profile imageAUTHOR

      Diana L Pierce 

      7 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      I truly want to write a western novel. It is one goal in life I pray I have the gift to pursue. I know it was through the eyes and wisdom of cowboys that gave my generation values for life. Fiction or not the cowboy's code brought morals to children and young adults one story at a time.

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      mizjo 

      7 years ago from New York City, NY

      John Wayne was the most popular cowboy where I grew up. We used to have open-air movies every fortnight, courtesy of the tin mining company that employed single adult in the village. Westerns were the rage, and John Wayne was the great hero. His Chinese nickname was the Squint-Eyed Cowboy!

      We also had Hopalong Cassidy, Roy Rogers (loved him) and Gene Autry. And that, Diana, is how we were westernised!

    • Diana Lee profile imageAUTHOR

      Diana L Pierce 

      9 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      John Wayne was another great talent we are lucky enough to still be able to watch.

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      Movie Master 

      9 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello Diana, this is a beautiful tribute to your dad.

      Those old John Wayne westerns were great!

    • Diana Lee profile imageAUTHOR

      Diana L Pierce 

      9 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      My dad liked those, too. The ones filmed in the 60s & 70S are the ones that bring back the memories for me. I can't miss seeing those reruns of Gunsmoke or The Virginian. I even follow them on facebook and I'm planning to meet James Drury-The Virginian in Ohio at a horse show/veteran's charity event Oct. 1 & 2. I'm really looking forward to that.

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      Poetic Fool 

      9 years ago

      Those old westerns remind me of dear old dad too. He was such a fan of John Wayne and the singing cowboys like Roy Rogers and Gene Autry. When I see them now they are so corny but I keep watching because of the great memories. Thanks for bringing them back again!

    • Diana Lee profile imageAUTHOR

      Diana L Pierce 

      9 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      Thank you. I think of my dad when I watch those old classics. I've been watching a lot of them lately, thanks to Encore Westerns and the youtube.com clips.

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      FloraBreenRobison 

      9 years ago

      Beautiful tribute to your father.

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      ExoticHippieQueen 

      9 years ago

      I love this! And I love memorial tributes to our parents and family members. Very well done. Voted up and awesome! Yeeha!

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