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The Land of the Cowgirls

Far, far, away in a land that is a desert,
there was a farm with cows and horses and a little cowgirl,
and her cowhorse,
and her cowcat,
and her cowdad,
and her cowmom,
and it was hot, hot, hot.

2007, Erica Ray
This poem may not be reprinted or reposted without the author's written permission.



"The Land of the Cowgirls" was written by Erica Ray when she was five, and was chosen as a top poem in the 2007 Monterey County Free Libraries' annual youth cowboy poetry contest. Erica performed her poem on stage at the 20th Annual California Rodeo Salinas Cowboy Poetry Gathering. She's pictured below at the event with Curly Musgrave and Belinda Gail, and also with Sourdough Slim:

Curly Musgrave, Belinda Gail, and Erica Ray


photo by Janice Gilbertson
Sourdough Slim and Erica Ray

photo by Trisha Pedroia
Cowgirl poet Erica Ray at Salinas, 2008




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Erica's going into first grade this fall, enjoys playing with her computer-cord-chewing puppy "Mikey" and riding her cowhorse "Rio"
around the hills of the Salinas and Carmel Valleys.



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