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You Can Keep Your Drug Store Cowboys

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John Yaws
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since 10-09-1999
Posts 865
Texas


0 posted 11-20-1999 12:56 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

Whiskey talkin’ women chasers,
Hang out in the bars-
Piggin’ strings a’hangin’
From the mirrors of their cars.

Acme boots and Wal-Mart hats-
A buckle like a plate.
They are a blight, -
You’ll find in almost any western state.

They tell you they are cowboys
But they’ve never rode a horse-
It don’t take much cow savvy,
When you’re out there on the course.

But ridin’ in a blizzard,
Or in the pourin’ rain-
Or have a horse fall on you,
Then workin’ with the pain.

Pullin’ calves in early spring-
Changin’ bulls to steers-
Vaccinate, and dehorn,
Then swallow-fork their ears.

Work from daylight thirty-
To well into the night,
Don’t leave much time for dances-
Much less to drink or fight.

You round up in October-
That’s when you ship and brand...
Then settle for the winter
And lay off extra hands.

So keep your drugstore cowboy’s
They're mighty weak and small-
But when it comes to plain hard work
The cowhand’s standin’ tall.


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Live large, people!
~GS~
http://www.geocities.com/montcogunslinger/HomePage.html


© Copyright 1999 John R. Yaws - All Rights Reserved
Elizabeth Santos
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since 11-08-1999
Posts 9405
Pennsylvania


1 posted 11-20-1999 12:59 AM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

A piece of Americana. I loved this poem!
Elizabeth
Corinne
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since 10-28-1999
Posts 5247
state of confusion


2 posted 11-20-1999 01:13 AM       View Profile for Corinne   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Corinne

Loved this! My late uncle was a fake cowboy, he donned the gear when he moved to Arizona, prior to that he lived in San Francisco for 20 years.

After he died, I went to his house, looked at his cowboy hats hanging on the wall, his boa ties all in neat rows, the cowboy wallpaper in his bathroom, and realized that he really thought he was a cowboy.

Odd...

thanks for this poem!

Corinne
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Listening to every heart


3 posted 11-20-1999 09:03 AM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

I will take the real cowhand
the one that treasures cows and land
and takes care of it, through dust and dirt
and never grumbles when he's hurt.

I will take the real cowpoke
on concrete streets, he'd surely choke
on gas fumes, he'd rather eat dust
in him, I place my soul to trust.

I will take the real cowboy,
he favors not the little boy toys,
but his horse, his woman, and his name
to the real cowman, it's not a game.

Well done, 'Slinger - keep them coming.
WhtDove
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since 07-22-99
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4 posted 11-20-1999 09:52 AM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

Well said! I'm feeling repetitive when I reply to your work. I love your work, you are a very talented writer!
Martie
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since 09-21-1999
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5 posted 11-20-1999 11:32 AM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

Another good one Gunslinger. I think you must have lived this life, you make it so real.
Marge Tindal
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6 posted 11-20-1999 12:10 PM       View Profile for Marge Tindal   Email Marge Tindal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marge Tindal's Home Page   View IP for Marge Tindal

While I liked everything about this write ... I smiled the most at the 'daylight thirty' ... how clever !
You write of things that make me glad I can experience them through your words.
Thank you for taking me along on a true Cowboy's Ride.


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~*The pen of the poet never runs out of ink, as long as we breathe.*~
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hoot_owl_rn
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since 07-05-99
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Glen Hope, PA USA


7 posted 11-20-1999 11:17 PM       View Profile for hoot_owl_rn   Email hoot_owl_rn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit hoot_owl_rn's Home Page   View IP for hoot_owl_rn

I really do enjoy your work
Balladeer
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8 posted 11-20-1999 11:52 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Another good one on the books, GS. The flavor never dies.
 
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