Western Poetry posted July 31, 2019

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heroes who made the west.

Forgotten Heroes

by Willie P. Smith

cowboy poem Contest Winner 
I crossed deserts and mountains
in the cold and burnin' sun.
Herded cattle east, brought settlers west,
Ma' day wus never done.

I carried calves 'cross ma' saddle
'Cause they wus too weak ta' walk.
Rode by cowboys, ridin' herd
that wus too dern cold ta' talk.

I saw spooked cattle run fer miles
At the sound of a snappin' twig.
Buried cowboys under stacks of rocks,
The ground wus too hard to dig.

I et' all kinds of trail drive cookin'
Sum wus good an' sum wus bad.
I filled ma' plate an' gobbled it down,
'cause that wus all I had.

I fit' off Indians and rustlers too,
Jus' to make it thru' another day.
Sum' days wus tough and sum' wus tougher.
That wus the cowboy way.

I wus once praised in movies,
Kids called me hero and such.
Only a few 'member me now,
Nobody cares that much.

I guess I'm jus' disappointed,
I wus fergot so fast.
You wouldn't have a present or future,
If I hadn't rode thru' the past.

Writing Prompt
write a four line, seven stanza poem about the old west. rhyming method: 1st stanza
2nd and 4th line must rhyme. 2nd stanza, 2nd and 4th line must rhyme, etc,

cowboy poem
Contest Winner

Praising the cowboys that built this country and the hardships they faced doing so.
Entire poem written in cowboy lingo'. Hope you enjoy.
Pays one point and 2 member cents.

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