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The Cowboy Way

Updated on October 26, 2014

By: Wayne Brown

Silver-belly Stetson, with a sweat-stained band

Calluses and dry skin on parts of his hands

Crow’s feet wrinkles mark past joys and rage

He’s a one hell of a cowboy for a man his age

A worn set of Wranglers under his leather chaps

A big silver buckled-belt around his waist wraps

A pearl-button shirt; leather boots with worn heels

The cowboy that’s in him knows how it all feels

He can rope a steer and wrestle it to the ground

Ride a buckin’ horse ‘til it gives up and comes round

Brand cows as fast as the cowpokes can bring ‘em

Set some fence posts, roll out wire, and string ‘em

He rises long before the sun shows on the east hill

Drinks black coffee for breakfast and has his fill

He’ll work until that old sun is clean danged out of sight

He’ll say when he’s wrong and tell ya’ when he’s right

His solemn word is as good as money on the table

And he’ll give you a fair day’s work as long as he’s able

He’s a man’s man; possessing the traits many lack

And if he’s your friend, he’s always got your back

He’s a cowboy first and he’ll be a cowboy until the last

Nothing else matters to him in the future or the past

He believes that no man is born until after he can shave

And he’ll believe that to the day he goes to his grave

Look a man in the eye; never turn your back in a fight

Say what you truly mean and do all things right

These are the simple truths he faces with each day

These are his principles; the honest, cowboy way

He’s not just cowboy, he’s a workin’ man makin’ a livin’

He could do better but it would be more takin’ than givin’

Just a cowpoke workin’ the things that he truly loves

Under a Texas sun blazin’ down from the blue sky above

Don’t judge him, cross him, or rule him out at the end

If he falls down on the first try, he’ll get up and try again

He’s got courage and a simple stubborn sort of pride

He’s tough on the outside but there’s some tender inside

He’s a cowboy first and he’ll be a cowboy until the last day

When things are done, he’ll never back up to his pay

When you sort it all out and get it down to the end

This is a man that a man could be proud to call friend

©Copyright WBrown2012. All Rights Reserved

27 April 2012


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    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @BongSantos...There's much to be said for the cowboy creed, the man's word, and his dedication. When you boil it all down, we don't have much else in this life that we truly own that will follow us to the grave and impact everyone we meet. Glad you enjoyed this one! Thanks much! ~WB

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      Jobb Gosamo 

      6 years ago from Philippines

      Your poem, well, roped in my attention. Stetson is a helluva guy, someone you musn't mess up with, but a friend you can depend on. Glad he's your friend.

      You pictured a gentleman cowboy's work in his environ, and it's just awesome. You brought me there, and I loved watching Steson go about his chores. Great hub

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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @Vincent Moore...As long as it comes with some money! LOL! Thank you so much. I feel the true sincerity of your words. This poem shows my depth of love and appreciaation for the cowboy folklore and my pride in those folks who continue to pursue the lifestyle foregoing better things in life for what they truly love. I think they are the ones who get it is about living and loving it, so why not? I guess I am in the groove here for a while, Ken...we'll see how long it can last. Thanks much. WB

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      Vincent Moore 

      6 years ago

      Wayne my cowboy friend, this epic needs to be printed in GOLD framed and placed in the cowboy Hall Of Fame, that's how good it is. I'd say this could be the Ode to the Cowboy, I suggest you find a producer for this one. One of your best cowboy poem I've ever had the opportunity to read.

      Adding Garth Brooks video was excellent, he says it all, just like your poem. BRAVO, TAKE A BOW, this one deserves it. I love it and will print it and frame it myself. I'm so moved....what a poet you are. Your name will be in lights one day my friend.

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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @scrittobene...You are quite welcome. I think your work will do well here and get you many followers. That always drives the creativity to another level and everybody wins. I liked that last line myself...glad I thought of it! LOL! You include me with some very good company. Thanks much! WB

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      Maria D'Alessandro 

      6 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Many thanks for your kind words and support Wayne. I love this poem. Cowboys are simply cool dudes and quiet achievers. The last line sums it up pretty well.

      "This is a man that a man could be proud to call friend"

      That's how I feel about you, Colin, Vincent and some of the other great poets here. Cheers, Maria.

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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @sen.sush23...I like to think they are. As for principles, I certainly try to be one but I am afraid I need to "cowboy up" more so to get close. It takes a while to know such a person I am sure. Thanks much. WB

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      6 years ago from Kolkata, India

      Wayne, is there a man like that really somewhere in some corner of the world?! Seems you know him well. Wish I would meet him and have him for a friend. Wonderful poem, reminding me of some of the ballads of school days. Voted up and away.

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      6 years ago

      Thanks Wayne you are such a gentleman and esteemed colleague .

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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @epigramman...Thanks much for the good words, Colin. I am very honored to be mentioned in the same thought with WillStarr. I did visit Maria's site, read the poem, left a comment, fanned up and even left some fan mail. I think she will do well here. 9:56 AM Texas Time! WB

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      6 years ago

      ...just came over from Will Starr's hub - saying that he is one of the best writers at the Hub - and you dear Sir are in the same esteemed category .......will post this to my music/cinema group on FB with a direct link back here and could you do me a favor -please check out my buddy Maria's new 'western' poem at her hubspace under her name of SCRITTOBENE , thank you for that. lake erie time 10:15am

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      50 Caliber 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      Wayne that explains the tune and I'll have to look at the album as it fell in the time I was uprooting to here and there is a 3 year gap in my time line of music, being with out much more than in cab radios and probably listening to cassettes already bought,



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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @50 Caliber...The song was recorded by Garth Brooks and included on his debut album "Garth Brooks" in 1989. The album included some big hits for Garth and has sold over 10 million copies. This is one of the lesser known songs on the album. It was written by Ed Berghoff who was a rock guitarist who grabbed some roots in Nashville through some other writer friends...and enjoyed some great success with it. Glad you enjoyed the poem as well! Thanks, Dusty. WB

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      50 Caliber 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      Wayne, old son, you got the touch with your words I fell in on them and the tune I don't recall hearing before but who ever wrote the lyrics was a fine writer too.



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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @BlossomSB...Thank you, so glad you enjoyed it and thanks for the good feedback! WB

      @The Frog Prince...Yessir! And thank God for it! Thanks Jim. WB

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      The Frog Prince 

      6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Wayne - Texan to the heart my friend. Great work. Yes, there are still cowboys out here boys and girls.

      The Frog

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      6 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Good story, great rhymes and the rhythm is so reminiscent of a horse galloping.

      Voted it up.

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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @Diana Lee...Good stuff, Diana! Thanks much for the great comment. WB

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      Diana L Pierce 

      6 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      We can learn a lot from them old cowboys and many of us have just by watching the actors try to bring them to life on television. Reminds me of something The Virginian would say, {If it's not yours don't take it, if it's not true don't say it and if it's not right don't do it.} Yes, us baby boomers learned morals watching the cowboys. I'm so proud I was there.

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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @PurvisBobbi44...Thanks so much...I love the cowboy subject as well and always enjoy conjuring up something along that order. I have several more subject lines on the cowboy and old west...look around. Thanks. WB

      @Gypsy Rose Lee...Hey, jump up on that old horse and start singing! LOL! Thank you! So glad you had fun with it. WB

      @Vellur...Very true! Thank you! WB

      @MotowntoChitown...They are still out there but the space between them is getting greater all the time. Thanks much for the great comment. WB

      @dahoglund...It is a special subject that we should never let fall into the darkness of ties too much to our culture and our character as a people. Thanks much, Don! WB

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      Don A. Hoglund 

      6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Hi Wayne, Excellent poem. Hit what keeps the cowboy image alive.

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      6 years ago

      Oh, Wayne, your Cowboy stuff always sets me dreaming of setting out west to meet these miraculous men. This was absolutely beautiful!

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      Nithya Venkat 

      6 years ago from Dubai

      Great friend indeed this cowboy man. Voted up, awesome.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      6 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. Always found something exciting about a cowboy's life. You got me wanting to sing "back in the saddle again..."

    • PurvisBobbi44 profile image


      6 years ago from Florida


      Categorically, a great descriptive poem of my favorite subject—a cowboy.

      Beautifully done--I could almost see Sam Elliott walking and carrying the saddle in the hot Texas sun.

      I voted up and beautiful.


      Your Hub Friend,


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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @billybuc...if we could make it a song, I would give Garth a shot! LOL!Thanks much! WB

      @Dim Flaxenwick...Thank U...thank you very much! WB

      @Kebennett1..Thank you! WB

      @Beck Katz...See....It's about real life! Thanks much! WB

      @Teaches12345..Thank you, I really admire the cowboy character. I think it exemplifies all that is good in the USA.

      @Don Bobbitt...Thanks much, are the man! WB

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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @writer20...I agree with you totally...Thanks much. WB

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      Don Bobbitt 

      6 years ago from Ruskin Florida

      Another Great Wayne Brown work. Loved it!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      This is a manly poem with lots of reasons why we admire the cowboy! They don't give up, they keep focused and get the job done. Great song on the video (the singer has a nice voice).

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      Becky Katz 

      6 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      I have family like this. Still ranching the old way. You did good.

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      6 years ago from San Bernardino County, California

      Awesome Poetry and tribute the cowboy! I absolutely love it!

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      Dim Flaxenwick 

      6 years ago from Great Britain

      This was wonderful.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Garth Brooks should be singing this in a song! This was beautiful and I completely embrace the spirit in these words. Well done my friend!

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      Joyce Haragsim 

      6 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Great poem, loved it and I'm sure he would be a best friend.

      Voted up and awesome, Joyce.


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