Cowboy Poetry

The Texas Cowboy

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Come all you Texas cow-boys
And warning take of me
Don’t go out in Montana
For wealth or liberty
But stay home here in Texas
Where they work the year around
And where you’ll not get consumption
From sleeping on the ground.

Montana is too cold for me,
And the winters are too long
Before the round-ups have begun,
Your money is all gone.
For in Montana the boys get work
But six months in a year
And they charge for things three prices
In that land so bleak and drear.

This this old hen-skin bedding,
‘Twas nor enough to shield my form
For I almost freeze to death,
Whene’er there comes a storm.
I’ve an outfit on the Musselshell,
Which I expect I’ll never see,
Unless by chance I’m sent
To represent this A R and P T.

All along these bad lands,
And down upon the dry
Where the canons have no bottoms
And the mountains reach the sky.
Your chuck is bread and bacon
And coffee black as ink
And hard old alkali water
That’s scarcely fit to drink.

They’ll wake you in the morning
Before the break of day
And send you out on circle,
Full twenty miles away.
With a “Tenderfoot” to lead you
Who never knows the way
You’re pegging in the best of luck
If you get two meals a day.

I’ve been over in Colorado
And down upon the Platte
Where the cow-boys work in pastures
And the cattle are all fat.
Where they ride silver mounted saddles
And spurs and leggin’s too
And their horses are all Normans
And only fit to plow.

Yes, I’ve traveled lots of country,
Arizona’s hills of sand
Down through the Indian Nation
Plum to the Rio Grande.
Montana is the bad-land
The worst I’ve ever seen
Where the cow-boys are all tenderfeet
And the dogies are all lean.

1908

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9 thoughts on “Cowboy Poetry

  1. Hi, Marin. That’s a wonderful poem! To think back in 1908 someone had traveled enough to know the areas intimately and know where he wants to be and where he does not want to be! That’s a great picture, too. Just got back from 2+ weeks in Tucson & Mesa. Got caught in a couple of monsoon rainstorms – very exciting but not in a good way! The rest of the time the weather was heavenly: 95-105. Swimming in the pool in that weather, you just feel all the tension and worries leaving your body. I hope you are well and settled for now. Texas is one of the places on my list that I’d like to visit someday. Happy Writing! Hilda

  2. I love the poem about the Texas cowboys. I guess maybe i’m a little bias, being a Texas girl but I love Texas, so I agree. It is a great poem.

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