WHY I LOVE COWBOYS
By Donna Penley
Why do I love cowboys ? Let me count th’ ways.
Folks, be patient with me, ’cause this just might take days.
My daddy was a cowboy, an’ he set th’ bar real high,
For any man t’ measure up. With th’ good ones, it’s a tie.
Cowboys come right out an’ tell you just what’s on their minds,
They’re cool an’ calm an’ laid back, an’ I think you will find,
They work real hard an’ don’t complain, no matter what th’ task
They do th’ work required of them -- whatever th’ bossman asks.
They’re brash an’ wild an’ daring -- most don’t give a care
Just what anybody thinks , as expletives split th’ air!
An’ just how do you tell th’ measure of a man?
It’s th’ honest look in his eyes an’ the grip of his right hand.
It’s his straightforward manner, in business or in cards;
An’ he’s equally up front with th’ boss, or with his favorite pards!
Th’ good ones don’t brag a lot, unless it’s rodeo time,
An’ most are real good listeners -- ‘ Buddy, it’s your dime‘.
Why do I love cowboys? They’re what’s left of the West,
So, that’s why I love cowboys. I think they’re just th’ best!
So, if it came right down to it, an’ I just had to choose,
Between a cowboy an’ a dude? W ell, you can bet th’ dude would lose !
That’s why I love cowboys!
Donna Penley is a Cowgirl Poet with deep Kansas roots who has been writing cowboy poetry for over twenty five years. She is a real Cowgirl and an ex-barrel racer.