The Modern Day Cowboy

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic
A poem about the modern day cowboys life.

Submitted: May 03, 2011

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Submitted: May 03, 2011

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He's wild and weary
Always a little bit lonely
He's fought the Texas dust
Heat n' skeeter bites
Heavy cold
Energy snapping
Blizzard nights
In Montana

He's fought
Rowdy rednecks and motorcycle gangs
In many wild honky tonk
Poolroom duels n' fights

As he's drifted through small hick towns
Wherever the cattle drives
Take him

In between he's rode the rodeo
Down in Amarillo and Cheyenne
Where he lost both his heat
And his girl to another man

Yet another set of scars n' strings
To add to his bow
It's said
He once went half crazy
When his pick up failed to rev n' go

But in his pants of faded blue
Under his dusty old black Stetson hat
He still has the grin
Of that once young gun totting
Sonny Jim
Who longed to forever
Ride on away n' roam
The great wilderness

He's still the best there is
At herding cattle
Or roping' steers
Despite all his breaks n' falls
Along with the late nights
Followed by way too many Coors beers

Yet in his heart he longs
For the old days
Before wire fences, tractors and pick up's
Along with concrete highways everywhere
When the Buffalo n' Indian
Side by side roamed
The Great Plains
When a man could just ride on away
Into the sunset

Yet despite this feeling of regret
He still does his job day by day
For next to no wages
He never complains

He rides wherever he is needed
Tipping his hat to every lady
Who walks his way
In his dreams
By the fire at night
As the wild coyotes
Howl
Signals the end of another day.


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