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A Cowboy's All I Claim

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John Yaws
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0 posted 05-27-2000 07:59 PM       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

I’ve never spent a lot of time in any city-
To tell the truth, that living’s not my style.
I’d rather be astride some Texas pony…
In the country where a man can see for miles.

I’ll never be a whiz with a computer-
Some people say I barely write my name.
I can rope, and ride, and work with ornery cattle-
I guess that is my only claim to fame.

I’ve been told that I act like a stuck-up person.
And often act like I have too much pride.
The truth be known, I guess I’m kinda bashful…
And keep my feelin’s bottled up inside.

I’ve been baked out in the Arizona desert-
And I’ve frozen in the California peaks…
And I wore my western clothes to West Virginia-
Where the people look at cwboys like we’re freaks.

I have known a lot of people who would change me.
And try to put some polish on my style…
I still speak my peace at almost all occasions…
No matter who, or whom, my words may rile.

I will treat you with respect when I first meet you-
And I expect for you to treat me just the same.
I won’t change my ways to suit another’s fancy…
I’m just what you see… a cowboy’s all I claim.

© Copyright 2000 John R. Yaws - All Rights Reserved
brian madden
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ireland


1 posted 05-28-2000 03:30 PM       View Profile for brian madden   Email brian madden   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for brian madden

I find it strange that some people are quite narrow minded they fear what is different to themselves. They expect everyone to share their limited vision of the world.

If only more people who follow your example in the last stanza

"I will treat you with respect when I first meet you-
And I expect for you to treat me just the same.
I won’t change my ways to suit another’s fancy…
I’m just what you see… a cowboy’s all I claim".

wonderful poem.

"To be nobody-but-yourself-in a world which is doing its best night and day, to make you everybody else - means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting. "

E.E Cummings.  




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Douglas Adams.

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Just listen to what I can keep silent"

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Denise
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2 posted 05-29-2000 12:06 AM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

What we are should be enough. No one should change to please somebody else's ideas of what they should be. Great poem, John! I enjoyed this, as I enjoy everything that you write.

Denise
 
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