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A Cowboy's Christmas (for Gunslinger)

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Mike
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0 posted 12-05-1999 03:21 PM       View Profile for Mike   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Mike

He rode atop a buckskin mare,
Stetson hat and vacant stare,
Forty dollars and his found,
Not a soul but him around,
At the line camp past the breaks,
Blizzard's coming, snow's first flakes,
Beans and biscuits at the shack,
First check the herd, then long ride back,
In Horseshoe Canyon, herd's bedded down,
It's been a month, since last seen town,
Bandanna covers weathered face,
Dreams of owning, one's own place,
In distant gully, lost calf bawls,
As warmth of shack, to cowboy calls,
Into the wind with cold remorse,
The cowboy rides atop his horse,
Soaking wet and freezing cold,
A cowboy's life is getting old,
But calf is back at mother's teat,
Boots are frozen to his feet,
As he heads back, in worn out saddle,
On buckskin mare, he is astraddle,
He takes a glance towards clouded skies,
And sees above to his surprise,
In break of clouds, a shining star,
A beacon bright, in east afar,
Upon his face, a cowboy's smile,
As nears the shack, rides his last mile,
Says to himself, I do believe,
I plumb forgot, it's Christmas Eve.

[This message has been edited by Mike (edited 12-06-1999).]
© Copyright 1999 Mike - All Rights Reserved
caroline
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1 posted 12-05-1999 03:24 PM       View Profile for caroline   Email caroline   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for caroline

OH this is SO excellent Mike! And so fitting for our resident Cowboy poet. I know he will love it! I sure do!  

 It's not the love you fear, but the fall from the height~Edwin McCain

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2 posted 12-05-1999 05:20 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Great poem about a hard life! I enjoyed this!

 Denise

Nan
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3 posted 12-05-1999 07:52 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

You even write about cowboys and do it well, Mike....
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4 posted 12-05-1999 08:02 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

Mike - I like this a whole lot.

Out on the range,
nice to know,
the cowboy remembers
the star that guides us
to the memory of that child,
born so long ago.



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Mike
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5 posted 12-06-1999 08:42 AM       View Profile for Mike   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mike

Glad you enjoyed and thanks for the comments.
Elizabeth Santos
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6 posted 12-06-1999 09:10 AM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Excellent! Well done!
Liz
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7 posted 12-06-1999 09:18 AM       View Profile for Sally S.   Email Sally S.   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sally S.

Bravo!  This is very good!  
Mike
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8 posted 12-07-1999 06:18 PM       View Profile for Mike   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mike

Thank you Elizabeth and Sally for the gracious comments.
hoot_owl_rn
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9 posted 12-07-1999 09:54 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

Smiling...I love this !!
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10 posted 12-07-1999 10:03 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Well presented, Mike.

 To the world you might be just one person but to one person you might just be the world.

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11 posted 12-08-1999 06:54 AM       View Profile for RainbowGirl   Email RainbowGirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit RainbowGirl's Home Page   View IP for RainbowGirl

Mike: Smiles here as well..

HUGS

 Yesterday is but today's memory and tomorrow is today's dream...

Mike
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12 posted 12-24-1999 01:59 PM       View Profile for Mike   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mike

As he rides off into the Christmas Eve sunset,  Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!!!
John Yaws
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13 posted 12-24-1999 02:30 PM       View Profile for John Yaws   Email John Yaws   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit John Yaws's Home Page   View IP for John Yaws

I find it very touching
That you'd remember me,,,
And write this lovely poem,
Upon this Chrsitmas eve.
So if you're out west Texas way
and care to stop and chat
You'll have a seat at my camp fire
No matter where it's at.

Thanks, Mike, I loved it. Merry Christmas
Pepper
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14 posted 12-24-1999 04:32 PM       View Profile for Pepper   Email Pepper   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Pepper

Beyond excellent Mike...

Happy Holidays to you and yours...



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15 posted 12-25-1999 12:36 AM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

Mike I loved it! What a way to put Merry Christmas!

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Jesus is the reason for the season
Keep Christ in CHRISTmas

 
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