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Sitting here watching the thermometer hover at zero degrees today brought to mind the toughness and spirit of the cowboys who used to drive the massive cattle herds to market rain, sleet or snow in the old west. Then I caught myself, because contemporary cowboys are still working the massive cattle herds no matter what mother nature throws their way.
This cowboy poem of mine is dedicated to cowboys past and present and was published in 2005 by the good folks at CowboyPoetry.com.
A Life Untamed (by Lincoln Rogers, 2005)
Dedicated to the working cowboy – past and present
The western trails bore Longhorn,
Over oceans of grass Plain,
And Cowboys rode like captains,
Through the waves of sun and rain.
4-inch brims and rowelled spurs,
Along with chaps and Latigo,
Matching leather on face and saddle,
Of a seasoned, working pro.
Some say the era of the Cowboy,
Is but a faded dream at best,
But that independent spirit,
Remains the heartbeat of the West.
Miles removed from concrete jungles,
On open vistas kissed by sun,
Modern Cowboys ride the range,
Just like those days the West was won.
So word and song is raised in honor,
To everyone who bears the flame;
Who stokes the fire of admiration,
For a life no one will tame.
© 2005, Lincoln Rogers
This poem may not be reprinted or reposted without the author’s written permission.
Have a great day and don’t let your horse come home without ya!
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Another marvelous work Lincoln – there is such reverence for the values that this lifestyle represents…honor, loyalty, hard work, family, God. It’s a joy to read your work just as it is to view your artwork!!
Thanks, Lianne! I love that you seem to “get” the meaning of what I try to write and portray. Thanks for that.
Brrr…zero! Great poetry Lincoln…you’ve really captured the cowboy spirit!
And it was TEN BELOW this morning! Good thing I can reminisce while the heater is working. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, Sharon!
Impressive image & outstanding poetry Lincoln ~ I’m forwarding this to my husband who, infatuated by old TV westerns, will also value your heart-felt poetry! Lately he’s been learning the song ‘I’m An Old Cowhand From The Rio Grand’ if you haven’t set this poem to music yet, he may just do that – lol!
That’s great, Jo Ann! I’m pleased to hear your husband likes the old tv westerns, which are awesome. Looking forward to being the “words” portion of the “Words and Music by” credit line! We’ll be famous in no time, I’m sure of it. 🙂