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Stay in the Saddle

So yer name's been called and he's waitin',
With fire in belly and eye,
That horse never took to a rider,
And ain't gonna' lay down and die.

The crowd's all a'cheering for someone,
To give him a lesson or two.
Yer sweetheart's up there 'mongst the thousands,
She's hoping that somehow it's you.

There's glory enough for the cowboy,
Who stays in the saddle a while,
So don't let that bronco derail ya',
No matter how pretty yer style.

Forget all the men who before you,
Won fame and a bundle as well,
For now it's just you or that bronco,
About to bid fortune farewell.

So stay right on top and don't lose him,
Through all of his buckin' and spins,
That gal in the stands sittin' pretty,
Will cling to the cowboy who wins.

© 2004, James Vasquez 
This poem may not be reprinted or reposted without the author's written permission.

Out West

They say out west a cowboy rides
Just where his horse is likin’ to,
Through prairie or the mountain pass,
’Neath desert sky of reddish hue.

Thar ain’t no tellin’ horse or man
Where they, obliged, each day must go.
A rider’s got his own set will,
And takes no tip from friend or foe.

The cattle thar just roams about,
Awaitin’ some vaquero’s throw.
A fire lit ’neath ribs by night,
Sure keeps a cowpoke on the go.

Oh! Give me free an’ roamin’ days
Out west where I can look a mile,
An’ see no hustlin’ crowd as I
Jus’ sit, an’ muse, an’ chaw a while.

© 2012, James Vasquez 
This poem may not be reprinted or reposted without the author's written permission.


About James Vasquez:

I am the 9th of 10 children my parents had, raised in Southern California, where my ancestors (both Mexican and California Indian) lived before California became a state.  I'm a graduate of the University of Redlands, doctorate from UCLA and Master's from Fuller Theological Seminary.  I recently retired as a professor from the University of Washington (Seattle) and have lived in Ellensburg, Washington with my wife since then.  Most of my poems are based on accounts/persons in the Scriptures and I've published over 500, winning half a dozen or more awards.

James Vasquez is the author of seven books. Find his publications and more at his web site here.



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