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There Goes A Cowboy!

Updated on October 6, 2014
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By: Wayne Brown

 

A worn brown saddle with leather of shine

Well broken in, all seasoned with time

A faithful horse with muscles well-toned

An old friend, a beautiful strawberry roan

Look! There’s a cowboy!

 

 

An old weathered hat that fits like a gauge

Thinning hairline with gray strands of age

Aged eyes that have seen lots of storms

A wrinkled face but still a smile forms

Look! There goes a cowboy!

 

 

Broken down boots with raised up heel

An old brown vest soft to the feel

The way he sits a saddle on each ride he makes

The jingle of spurs on each step he takes

Look! There goes a cowboy!

 

 

Brown leather chaps flap in the breeze

He carries himself with form and ease

Out on the range, the skills that he hone

There are few of his kind, most are gone

Look! There’s a cowboy!

 

 

He sleeps under the stars and the moonlight

He asks little but does not turn from a fight

He’s true to his trade, true to his kin

A truth of our history, a man among men

Look! There goes a cowboy!

 

 

He’ll ride the range ‘til his last days out there

Herding the doggies with skill and with care

When that day comes and his life has its run

He’ll simply mount up and ride off into the sun

Look! There goes a cowboy!

 

 

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    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @Truckstop Amy...Houston has a great show and rodeo. We have what use to be the "Fat Stock Show & Rodeo" here in Fort Worth but I don't think we have as much big name entertainment and as good a rodeo as Houston. The term "Dogie or Doggie" refers to a motherless calf. The young calves were more prone to let their curiosity lead them away from the the herd and their mothers. The drovers ususally had to round them up and cut them back into the herd. Sometimes they found mama, sometimes they had to be put on another cow. That's what it means. I wouldn't mind being 16 again and out with a curvy, big hair! LOL! I'm sipping the Little Penguin right now contemplating my next write. WB

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      Truckstop Sally 

      7 years ago

      Love this one! The livestock show and rodeo recently left my city. Everyone here was a cowboy though from when the trailride hit town until the last performer sang. (Always a mix -- great c/w singers along with some non-traditional ones -- Kiss and Janet Jackson this year.) I was thinking about writing a hub something along the lines of A Real Cowboy . . . and include tucks in his shirt, wears tight-fitting jeans, sports a fancy beltbuckle, says m'am to all the women, salutes the flag, loves his Mama . . . But you did such a great job with this one (and I didn't have much more). A few rows in front of us for the rodeo sat the cutest young (and green) cowboy -- maybe 16 years old. He had short hair and was all ears and hat. The girl he was with seemed a bit more experienced -- curvy, big hair, showing skin. . . Wonder if he saw stars that night - ha!

      Just one more thing - why do cowboys call cows doggies?

      Oh, and it was Yellowtail (kangaroo) last night for Laura's Moon. Probably a repeat tonight too! It's still the weekend!

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Could you send your publisher around? LOL! I like writing western poetry and western stories as well..working on a short western right now. I hope to have it out soon. WB

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      Laurel Rogers 

      8 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      I see no wrinkles, but this is so you, Wayne. Cowboy Poetry is one of my favorites. Publish this.

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @saddlerider1...Well Ken, I'm sorry but if I can bring a tear then maybe I'm getting better at this! WB

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Ken...good to see you coming by. You feedback is important me and inspires me to work a bit harder! Thanks much! WB

    • Ken R. Abell profile image

      Ken R. Abell 

      8 years ago from ON THE ROAD

      Another great poem. Enjoyed it much. Again the rhythm is so fluid & the imagery so real. Thank you.

    • saddlerider1 profile image

      saddlerider1 

      8 years ago

      Yup that's a Cowboy and a tribute well suited. The Duke turns his back as he's riding into the sunset and tips his brim with a smile on his hardened face and the squint in his tired eyes, he say's farewell Mr Brown and rides his last ride to the Darkside. Love this one Wayne, got me choked up, yes sir, you sure did. Keep hubbing.

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      EpGMan...Thank you and Ms. Laura for those kind words...you know it only encourages me! I will pursue your request...I believe Steve Goodman alluded to it in his song "You Never Even Call Me By My Name" made famous by that country and western outlaw, David Alan Coe, who was heard to say "now if that ain't country, you can kiss my ass". I will work on it and come up with something! Thanks for the idea! WB

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      epigramman 

      8 years ago

      yes Lalesu your're right Mr. Brown is a rare breed - and a gentleman too - and he can also write up a storm!

      I have one MR. B that you may be interested in: 5 essential subjects found in country and western music!

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @Bpop...Poppy, you are too kind, I'm just a tinhorn! WB

      @lalesu...Laura, this one came from the heart. The cowboy life has always been intriguing to me, not that I'd be a very good one, but it does have an attraction of independence that I think men crave. WB

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      lalesu 

      8 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

      A strong, beautiful tribute to a great American breed, Wayne Brown. ~ Laura

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @rose56...I sure do like 'em, Pilgrim! Thanks! WB

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      rose56 

      8 years ago

      Look theres a cowboy its John Wayne. Oh no its Wayne Brown. Great hub again . Hope you liked the Duke. I sure did. the last of the a dieing breed.

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