Folks' Poems

Back to Lariat Laureate Contest
Back on home
Back to the list of Folks' Poems

JAN PRICE
Sydney, Australia
 

 

 

 

In Their Own Time

The Lord gave us patience in so many ways
and one of those ways was roundin' up strays.
Those who have wandered away from the herd,
the ones non-responsive to nary a word.
For those not content to follow the line,
it'll be their own pace, and in their own time.

You can't make 'em rush or hurry 'em none,
they won't pick up speed if they don't wanna run.
It's useless to try and convince 'em they should,
 if they had an inklin' to hotfoot, they would.
So those not content to follow the line,
they'll set their own pace, and in their own time.

Tho' down through the years we've seen ranchin' change,
there's part of the life that remains much the same.
It's tryin' to hasten the pace of the cattle,
but still to this day, it's a futile lost battle.
Coz those not content to follow the line,
will set their own pace, and in their own time.

So pards, let me tell you, there's one thing won't change,
somethin' you'll see every day on the range,
it's the battle of minds between cowhand and beast,
one with little hope, that the man will defeat.
For some cows aren't content to follow the line,
they'll set their own pace, and in their own time.

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

 

 

This poem was inspired by our 2007 Cowboy Poetry Week Art Spur Project

 

 

 

Read Jan Price's

A Cowboy's Guiding Star posted with 2007 Christmas Art Spur poems

and

 A Moment's Grace  in our Art Spur project

 

 

 

www.cowboypoetry.com

 

HOME

 What's New | Poems | Search

 Features | Events  

The BAR-D Roundup | Cowboy Poetry Week

Poetry Submissions 

Subscribe | Newsletter | Contact Us

  Join Us!

 

Authors retain copyright to their work; obtain an author's
permission before using a poem in any form.

 

CowboyPoetry.com is a project of the Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry, Inc., a Federal and California tax-exempt non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization.  

 

Site copyright information