S. Omar Barker (1894–1985) was born in a log cabin in New Mexico where he lived his entire life as a rancher, teacher and writer. He published many books, including Vientos de las Sierras (1924), Buckaroo Ballads (1928) and Rawhide Rhymes: Singing Poems of the Old West (Doubleday, 1968). Barker’s best known poem “A Cowboy’s Christmas Prayer” has been printed more than one hundred times and recorded by Tennessee Ernie Ford and Jimmy Dean.
This is one of my favorite cowboy poems. Do you think Jimmy Dean does justice to A Cowboy’s Christmas Prayer?