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North On The Chisholm

Updated on October 6, 2014

By: Wayne Brown


Orange glow fading into azure blue

Sunset in the western sky

Day’s end is coming due

Time to bed the herd is nigh

Headin’ north on the Chisholm Trail



Fort Worth’s behind fading in the night

The Red River lies on the morrow

Tonight we gaze on clear starlight

A long way home, a bit of sorrow

Headin’ north on the Chisholm Trail



Old Cookie is fryin’ beans and fatback

The cattle are lowin’ off down by the creek

Horses on line saddles off their back

Anxiously awaiting the vittles we seek

Headin’ north on the Chisholm Trail



We’ll sleep another night on our saddle

Rise early to move in the morning dew

Herd ‘em doggies; move them cattle

Think ‘bout home; places we knew

Headin’ north on the Chisholm Trail



The Mesquite thorns scratch our leather chaps

The rattlesnake heads looks for a meal

Soon we’ll have saloon girls in our laps

Hot baths, whiskey, and some great meals

Headin’ north on the Chisholm Trail



We’ll cross the herd ‘oer the Oklahoma badlands

Watchin’ for Injuns and outlaws

Rifles at the ready, Colts near at hand

Don’t try our hand without just cause

Headin’ north on the Chisholm Trail



Kansas ain’t got no better town than Abilene

The end of the line, the railhead

It’s about the best place a cowboy’s seen

A place where this trail dust is shed

Headin north on the Chisholm Trail



Next year, we’ll head ‘em up and do it again

Drive up here for the sale

Then with money in hand, we’ll head back in

Just one more ride up this old trail

Headin’ north on the ol’ Chisholm Trail


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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      @Bpop...Thanks Poppy! I just tried to put myself out there on the trail and report back! Glad you enjoyed it! WB

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      breakfastpop 7 years ago

      Wonderful poem. I agree with Ken, you evoke such powerful images., it's amazing.

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      Ken, thanks for your feedback. I have always had a romance with the west since I played cowboys and indians as a child. I would love to see you do some stuff with a western flavor...I think you would be very good at it with your imagination! WB

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      Ken R. Abell 7 years ago from ON THE ROAD

      Great poem--evocative. I can taste the trail dust. And if I close my eyes & listen, I can hear the cows making noise.

      Thanks for stirring my imagination up.

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      Mount up, boy! Thanks Tom...glad you enjoyed it! WB

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      Tom Whitworth 7 years ago from Moundsville, WV


      Reminds me of those good old western movies. Yippy!!!!!!!!

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      ahorseback...yes, I know exactly who you speak of...cowboy all the way. He lives, writes, and sings about it very well. I love the one he sings about the yippying of the coyotes...great song. Thanks for stopping by and thank you for a humbling comparison to a great performer, Mr. Don Edwards! Stop by again! WB

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      ahorseback 7 years ago

      Hey Wayne , this makes me think of a guy I heard a few years ago when I went to old Fort Worth and the Mesquite Rodeo , I was in a litle place buying some boots and the stereo was playing some amazing music , I asked who is this guy and the woman answered , his name is Don Edwards, what a cowboy he is huh?