I Could O’ Been Annie Oakley
BY Donna Penley
I get t’ thinkin’ sometimes, what I could o’ been –
Back in th’ days, th’ western days, I long t’ have lived in.
I could o’ toted me a gun, been one o’ those fancy shooters –
Annie Oakley, or Ms.Belle sStarr – real dagme rootin’ tooters!
I’d a known ol’ Jesse James,Bbutc hCcassody, th’Ssundance Kid;
Rrode with Wild Bill Hikock – seen an’ done what all he did.
I’d a toted me a forty four, or maybe a thirty two --
Which wouldn’t a kicked as hard as them ol’ 6 guns do!
I’d a had me one fast hoss, one who jest could not be beat;
Taken pocket money from th’ rubes, an’ not even had t’ cheat!
We’d a gone from town t’ town, an’ taken on their best,
O, perhaps I’d a been a lady sheriff with a tin star on m’ vest?
I’d a shown them ol’male chauvanists jest what a gal could do;
An, ’if they didn’t treat me right,, I’d a shot th’ ol’ galoots!
Maybe I’da’ been a ladyoutlaw – robbin’ trains an’ banks;
An’ rode with ol’ Cole Younger’s gang – fit right in their ranks!
I’d a give th’ spoils t’ poor folks, so’s they’d have things they did need
Bought ‘em mules an’ plows, an such -- an’ even plantin’ seed!
But, ya see, I was born too late, an’iIt makes me kinda sad –
If I’d a been born in frontier days, I’d a been real glad.
So, sometimes when I get t’ feelin’ sorta all fenced in --
I jest set back an’ daydream on what I could a been!!
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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.