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CowBoy Poetry

Cowboys, it has been said, are more poetic than folks in any other occupation (except maybe poets).  Whether they are or not, cowboy poetry is more noticable than any other occupational type. How much lawyer poetry have you run across? Heard any plumber poems lately? But cowpoke poetry's all over the place.

To explain the phenomenon further, we call on that raconteur, bon vivant, and CowBoy Poet – Fred Engel.

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fred.jpg - 2.5 KWHY COWBOY POETRY?
By Fred Engel
Now cowboy poetry has been around
For a heck of a long time.
It's just common everyday stuff,
Stories that cowboys have put to rhyme.
It sort o' got lost in the shuffle
Back there for a while.
But since the gatherings, like the ones started in Elko,
It's become what some call a new popular style.
New? Not at all. Popular? Yes.
And style? Well, you bet!
But how is it that "cowboy" poetry
Has come to be all of this?
No one's ever heard of "plumber"poetry,
Or about carpenters who recitein verse.
And there's no such thing as"lawyer" poetry.
Thank God! What could be worse!
Now teachers, doctors, and merchants,
Sure, they're all a talented bunch.
And then there's those folks who report the news at noon,
When we're all eatin' lunch.
There's folks who work with computers,
Punchin' buttons, instead of cows, `til their heart's content.
And there's the weather guessers, also known as meterologists,
Who are always pitchin' in their two cents.
But it'sthe cowboy, the cowpoke,
The vaquero, the old buckaroo,
Who tells us about the ride down life's trail
Musing from the down to earth point of view.
Because along with his rough and tumble life style
And ways of the old wild west,
There's just a certain degree of romance
That sorts us out from all of the rest!

© 1998 Fred Engel. All rights reserved.

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Contents
Alphabetically by Poet's Last Name


Applegarth, Ann
Rose's First Ride
Rose Meets Rank Hank
Ridin' the Roan
Blackbird, Thom 
The Last Cookie
Brewer, Doug 
Cowboy Poetry
 Dawes, Mickey 
Hip Hop Buckaroo
Smacked in the Saddle Again
Dillman, Bruce
Bounders
Gene Autry Memorial
The CMA Awards 
Poems by Bette Wolf Duncan
Thunderon the Prairie  
Texas Plumber Blues 
The Bullrider
The Cowboy's Grave
The Rancher's New Computer
Whiskey Bill
The Cowboy from the West
He'll Make a Cowboy Yet
Poems by Fred Engel
Hoppy
Ol' Slim
Remember the Cow
Guenther,Gail: Poems and Paintings 
Cowboy Twang
Lenny the skinny cowboy
All in the way she loves her man
Kelley, David 
The Preacher and His Wife 
The Storm 
Kinford, Bob 
Was it Good Bad or Bad Good Luck? 
Time Traveler
Lewis, Bob E. 
The Cigar
Eye of the Needle
The Goodyear Blimp
McCarley, G. Scott 
Gonna Miss Roy 
McClure, Roger 
Grandpa's Place
Miller, Rod 
The E. S. L. Ranch
Particle Physics Made Me Do It
Under Ten
Wisdom
Nichols, Rod 
Cowboy Poetry
The Last Cattle Car
Headin' In
Faded Love
Grandpa's Tale
Pedernales
Rooster
Robinson, Michael Sorbonne 
A Cowboy Doesn't Cry
I am the Boss, Ain't I?
Hymn of the Cowboys
Rogers, Steve 
Pecking Order
The Guiding Light
The Goodnight-Loving Trail
Schilling, Charlene 
Sweet Nellie
Hubby's Gift
Song of the Lonesome Cowboy
Swenning, John 
On Bein' A Cowboy
Viers, Bill 
Ol'Brindle Cow
Prognosticators
Yaw, John 
Would You Wait for Just a Minute?
Six Seconds
It's All Part of a Way of Life
Last of the Breed
Make Your Bid for Eight
 
 

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