Western Poetry posted May 23, 2012


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A cowboy tale

Jerry Jing-Jang Comes to Town

by Cindy Warren

Of all the cowboys in the west,
Jerry Jing-Jang was the best.
Smarter by far than all the rest,
With horse and rope he passed the test.
At the rodeo or on the trail
Jerry Jing-Jang didn't fail.

One day some outlaws came to town;
They came to hunt Jerry Jing-Jang down.
'Cause they couldn't rustle, couldn't rob
With Jerry Jing-Jang on the job.

The sheriff and deputy could not be found
In the dusty street there was not a sound;
When the outlaws burst thru the tavern door,
"Where's that cowboy we're looking for?"

Out the back did the barkeep scoot
Leaving the outlaws to drink and loot.
He found the cowboy at the jail
Each looking for the sheriff who'd turned tail.

Tho brave Jerry Jing-Jang never runs
He'd need his brains before his guns.
He knew the outlaws wouldn't fight fair;
Still, to face them our hero must dare.

He let them drink plenty of beer,
Knowing they'd come out to the tavern's rear
To that little house with a hole in the seat
Where he'd rope them right off of their feet!

Jerry Jing-Jang waited behind the trees
With a collie named Roundup at his knees,
Till an outlaw staggered out into the night
And the cowboy's lasso wrapped him up tight.

Jerry Jing-Jang didn't wait too long
For the others to come and see what was wrong.
Guns drawn and looking for trouble
They saw their buddy and came on the double.

Outlaws who have been drinking beer
Don't always manage to think very clear.
Brash and bold, they learned too late,
Their hog-tied buddy, of course, was bait.

The cowboy's traps held them tight,
And the bad guys gave up without a fight.
Dog and cowboy herded them off to jail,
Where you can bet they never made bail.

The sheriff spun a tale of how bravely he'd fought,
How he and the deputy the outlaws had caught.
But the townfolk all knew who'd saved the day;
Jerry Jing-Jang had earned that sheriff's pay!


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When I was little, my Dad told me stories of his adventures as the cowboy, Jerry Jing-Jang. At the time I totally believed him. My Jerry Jing-Jang stories are for him.
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