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BERNARD PLEAU
Albuquerque, New Mexico
About Bernard Pleau

 

 

Barrel Racer

Ropers, spurs, and Wrangler jeans,

The prettiest eyes that you’ve ever seen,

On a polished black mare, greased lightening unchained,

With reckless abandon, she’s running again.

 

One chance, one run, don’t hold back

Like a bat out of hell, across the barrier and back

In a race against time, one rider one horse

In a different arena, they run the same course

 

A kick and a whistle, a set and a turn,

A run for the second, and then on to the third,

Watch the two closely and here’s what you’ll see,

A horse and a rider become harmony.

 

One chance, one run, don’t hold back

Like a bat out of hell, across the barrier and back

In a race against time, one rider one horse

In a different arena, they run the same course

 

A Ford and a trailer leave the crowd far behind,

On a road paved with darkness the next ride to find,

She’s tough and she’s tired but she follows her dream,

This barrel race is the best that you’ve seen.

 

One chance, one run, don’t hold back

Like a bat out of hell, across the barrier and back

In a race against time, one rider one horse

In a different arena, they run the same course 

© 2009, Bernard Pleau
This poem may not be reprinted or reposted without the author's written permission.

 

Bernard told us: I wrote “Barrel Racer” for a lady I knew who raced. She was not the best but she was tenacious. I watched her compete in a number of local barrel races and rodeos. After a while I felt those ladies who trained so hard and chased after their dream of being the best deserved a song of their own.
 



  About Bernard Pleau:

I have been in Albuquerque, New Mexico, for nearly 40 years. I grew up outside Boston—not many cowboys there. I began writing poetry as a teenager and I suppose I will continue writing until the good Lord takes me out of here. I was influenced by Western music my mom and dad listened to and the old cowboy westerns on TV.

I got planted in the New Mexico after serving in the military during the Viet Nam war and here I’ve stayed. I have met and talked to several of the old cowboys from around these parts and their stories inspired me to write Western song lyrics. I always had a dream of being the next big country Western songwriter.


 

 

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