a pair of old cowboy boots

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Memoir  |  House: Booksie Classic

a poem about two poor kids finding a pair of old cowboy boots in the dump

a pair of old cowboy boots (1950s)

 

 

Kenny and I always wanted

a pair of cowboy boots

 

there was no money for such

a childish wish

 

one day walking

in the woods

we stumbled upon a trash dump

 

someone richer than us

had discarded what

we considered treasures

 

we found old comic books

an old alarm clock

that worked, once we banged

it against a tree trunk

 

but the greatest find was a child’s

pair of old brown leather cowboy boots

decorated with fancy stitching

 

falling to the ground we tried them on

 

me first, but they were too small

 

two sizes too large for Kenny

 

he put them on and strutted around

almost fell over trying to wear them

 

we died laughing

 

we had found a pair of cowboy boots

and we had to make them work

at least for Kenny

if not for me

 

we walked home and

went straight

to the outhouse

 

we tore numerous pages from

Sears Roebuck’s catalog

 

wadded them up and stuck

them down in the boots

 

behind Kenny’s heels

 

they were not the greatest fit

but we were now two cowboys

 

one with a pair of boots

and the other claiming that

he had left his boots at Miss Kitty’s place

 

 

 


Submitted: January 18, 2021

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