By Donna Penley
They called her Penalosa Rosa, an’ she hailed from Mexico
Rosa loved a cowboy by th’ name of “El Gaucho”
Now, Rosa was a maid for a U.S. millionaire
Who’d built his mansion ‘cross th’ border, his riches t’ not share
El Gaucho worked his cattle, from San ‘Tone on down t’ Ware
His sidekick was an Injun known as Stumbling Bear
El Gaucho would ride hard an’ fast on days that he was near,
Just so’s he could get to see an’ hold his sweetheart dear.
Now, Rosa was a girl of virtue, who saw no other man
Until one night th’ bossman, drunk, got her in his hands
Rosa did protest much, but it did no earthly good
Th’ boss was bent to have his way, any way he could
As he shoved her in a darkened room, Rosa mouthed a prayer
That El Gaucho an’ his sidekick, they would soon be there
Stumbling Bear was riding on a horse too small for him
Gaucho mounted on a sttallion, fine enough t’ suit a cowboy’s whim
One of Rosa’s maid friends came riding into sight
Waving her hands desperately as she told of Rosa’s plight
They rode into th’ courtyard of th’ mansion on th’ plains
An’, Gaucho heard his Rosa screaming out his name
El Gaucho vaulted from th’ saddle, small dagger in his hand
Stumbling Bear, he followed, bound to back his Gaucho’s stand
Servants scattered just like quail as they entered th’ great hall
El Gaucho heard his lover’s voice through th’ thick adobe wall
As he threw th’ door wide open, th’ boss turned ashen white
For he had been told th’ cowboy’s prowess in a fight!
Rosa sprang behind a chair, covering all her charms’
As El Gaucho tossed his dagger, caught the bossman in th’ arm
But, in th’ bossman’s other hand a pistol did appear
An’ Rosa knew it was th’ end of her El Gaucho dear
She hadn’t seen ol’ Stumbling Bear, who raised his pistol then
An’ shot th’ bossman, well, shall we say t’ was in th’ “end“?
Oh, he’d recover surely, but it would take some time
He found seducing a maiden would not be his next crime
This was th’ story of Rosa an’ her lover, El Gaucho --
A little West Texas saga that I thought you all should know!
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.
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