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Updated on March 8, 2012

By: Wayne Brown

Look out boys! There’s the lightning

Those steers are startin’ to run

Their stampeding, wild-eyed frightening

Running through the dark as one

The thunder of hoof on the dusty plain

A rumbling, fearsome sound

Running, running like a runaway train

You can feel the vibration in the ground

They ran over the cook wagon; tore up the place

Snorting and crying; filled with fear

They’ll run for miles in this wide-open space

Finding ‘em could take most of the next year

Get ridin’ boys! We got to head them back

Be brave and ride like the wind

We’ve got to cut ‘em off at the head of the track

Come on boys, let’s turn ‘em back in

The dust and the mud are flying all about

The herd is one rolling, boiling hell

Racin’ on their ponies, the riders whistle ‘n shout

Can we stop ‘em? There’s no way to tell

Then ol’ Slim rides his pony right into the track

Waving his rope wildly at the beast

The lead steers bend round and turn back

Changing direction west to east

Ol’ Slim was lucky that he turned those steers

It took courage to get in their track

He slowed them down and calmed their fears

Now he’s headin’ all of them back

Maybe things can get back to normal today

We can put the steers out to graze

And hope no more storms are headin’ this way

‘Cause we’ve seen the hell a stampede can raise

©Copyright WBrown2012. All Rights Reserved.

27 February 2012


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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @Vincent Moore...So glad I could grab the feeling for you. That was my goal. Thanks much. WB

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      Vincent Moore 

      6 years ago

      Wow I agree with drbj, I felt the dust blowing my way and heard the thunder of the herds hoofs as they stampeded across those wind blown plains and prairies. Think of the danger those cowboys were in when riding side by side along these mighty beasts, one error could be fatal and that cowboy would be crushed under hooves of steel. Well done I felt the vibration. Had to look out my window to make sure they weren't heading my way:-))

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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @Dim Flaxenwick....Thank you! So glad you enjoyed it. WB

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      Dim Flaxenwick 

      6 years ago from Great Britain

      Awesome pictures in my mind while reading this. Thank you for such a vivid poem

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @teaches12345...Thank you! I hope they call me when they do that movie! LOL! WB

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      Wow! I enjoyed every moment reading through your hub. I could just picture the action! This is a great lead into a movie for the taming of the west. Thanks for writing and posting.

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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @anndavis25...Yes, we need ol' Slim to turn this runaway herd that we are stuck in at the moment...stampede is about what it is! Thanks much. WB

      @drbj...Hey, I wanted to capture the action...hope I did! Thanks. WB

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      drbj and sherry 

      6 years ago from south Florida

      Great photo and a very realistic, poetic description of a stampede, Wayne. Wish you had warned me. I'm brushing sand and dirt and stuff off my computer as I type. :)

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      6 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      Those stampedes remind me of the damage that can happen when a bunch of mindless people get together with an agenda. Thank God for the ol'Slims.

      You come up with some good ones, Wayne.

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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @breakfastpop...Thank was a fun one to write! WB

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      6 years ago

      Awesome. This piece had a rhythm to it that reflected the sound of the stampeding horses.

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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @writer20...Thank you...this one was lots of fun to write as I just let me mind create all that confusion that must be running wild in a stampede. WB

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      Joyce Haragsim 

      6 years ago from Southern Nevada

      I think you really got in your cowboy body and hat today. Great poem, well done. Vote up and Awesome.

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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @ImKarn23....WooHoo! What could be better? LOL! Thanks much. WB

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      Karen Silverman 

      6 years ago

      Mmmmm...a dirty cowboy, the outdoors, a big fire, and the smell of leather!

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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @Becky Katz...Had a hankering for one myself, Becky...had to write it! Thanks much. WB

      @dahoglund...Every now and then I think of some angle that I have not already wrote of in verse about the old west. Then I get creative. Thanks DA. WB

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      Don A. Hoglund 

      6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Wayne, great poem. Keep the cowboy alive.

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      Becky Katz 

      6 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      I have been hoping for a western story from someone. Guess this is it. Good poem, shows the cowboy spirit.

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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @Angela Blair...It was 'bout time for some western flavor and there's nothing like a stampede to fill the bill! Glad you liked it! WB

      @fpherj48...The compliments don't get much better than that. I always promised I would try to write poetry in a way that folks could understand it...I like it like that myself. Thanks so much! WB

      @Cardisa...I'll bet that was a sight and a heart-stopping one at that. Cowboys always hated stampedes cause it was too easy to get killed tryin' to stop it. They were brave souls. Thanks much. WB

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      Carolee Samuda 

      6 years ago from Jamaica

      Wayne, I always love your poems and this one is so much fun. I wish I was there to see Ol' Sim steering the What a sight that must have been!

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      6 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Wayne....This is a really great poem...and that's seriously a compliment from ME, since I've not ever had much interest in poetry. Most of the time, I don't even read it. So you gotta know you write good stuff!! Up+

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      Angela Blair 

      6 years ago from Central Texas

      Wayne -- loved this and beautifully written. Definitely voted up! Best/Sis

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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @Senoritaa...Thank you! Glad you enjoyed the stampede! LOL! WB

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      Rinita Sen 

      6 years ago

      I got attracted by the image and the title, and was not surprised to see a brilliant narrative inside. Thoroughly enjoyed Wayne.

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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @WillStarr...Thanks Will, much appreciate...feeling a bit cowboy today. WB

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      6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Great work, Wayne! Voted way up.


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