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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