By Donna Penley
Out in th’ west when things was rough
A cowpoke’s life was mighty tough!
But, on one thing he could depend –
To help him survive an’ t’ be his friend –
An’, that was his HORSE.
Every cowboy had his favorite mount;
A cayouse on which he could always count –
I wish that was true of my lot today
There’re times that I can truly say --
My kingdom for a Horse!
Now, let me tell why about my string;
There’s times that I’d give anything
T’ have a horse who would do it all;
Wouldn’t matter if he was short or tall –
If he was just a Horse!
There’s Richard Too, yes that’s his name;
He’s never brought me fortune or fame,
An’ when it comes time to work a cow,
He won’t do it anyhow, --
But, he’s my favorite horse.
Then there’s My Ol’ Jag. He’s 4 years old;
Afraid of everything – his heart’s not bold.
Before me, Jaguar was abused, an’ he trusts only me;
Which kinda suits me somehow, suits me to a T!
I call him my Sissy Horse!
Then there’s Intriguing Echo. No I didn’t name him that;
Now that his papers are in my name, I’ll take care of that!
An’ w e just call him Ian, which in Irish, it means John,
Ian’s a real pretty boy.,but’ in “horse savvy”, he ain’t long!
Oh, my kingdom for a real broke horse!!
But, when I really think on it, I wouldn’t give ‘em up;
Wouldn’t trade ‘em for a tabby cat, or a clumsy hounddog pup.
So, I’ll just keep my misfits, th’ feed bills I’ll keep a’ payin’;
I love all three, as you’ve surmised – an’ th’ truth is, I am sayin’
I couldn’t live without ‘em. MY KINGDOM IS A HORSE!!!
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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.
Donna on wheel of fortune game show