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Leroy's Lament

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John Yaws
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since 10-09-1999
Posts 865
Texas


0 posted 11-02-1999 10:40 AM       View Profile for John Yaws   Email John Yaws   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit John Yaws's Home Page   View IP for John Yaws

"LEROY"S LAMENT"

Ol' Leroy looked across the cab-said, "Jack, I've been a thinkin'"
I said,"Leroy, don't go talkin' that away!
It's cost us dadburn near as much trouble as your drinkin'
We durn shore don't need no more fines to pay!"

Said, "What I think we need to do, is find another livin'
This cowboy life ain't what it used to be-
It seems that we ain't gettin' back, e'en half of what we's givin-
And just last month we both turned forty three.

Jack, I guess that neither one of us has got a callin'
Cept breaking broncs and workin some man's cows-
The music that we love the most is hearin' cattle bawlin'
That's close to Heaven as this life allows.

I feel stove up when I roll out on these old frosty mornin's
And topping off gets harder all the time-
My belly churns to smell the stink, at brandin's and dehornin's
My cowboy skills have kinda lost their shine.

I said, "Leroy, you start doin this each time you get hung over-
We've thirty miles to drive back to the ranch.
Your mind'll change when we begin to smell the meadow clover-
You couldn't quit if you was give the chance."

There ain't no other way of life, for guys like me and Leroy-
We've both the name of bein' a top hand-
Until we play our string out, somewhere up on the rimrock-
I guess we'll keep on ridin' for the brand.

© Copyright 1999 John R. Yaws - All Rights Reserved
WhtDove
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since 07-22-99
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Nuther good'n frum ya!
Watcher666
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Nicely done

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