St. Paul, Oregon
About Jennifer Koch
What It's All About
It's all about the buckles, hats, dust and dirt
Long highway miles and hearts that get hurt.
Rodeo arenas, crowds and fans
Behind the shoots, in front of the beer stands.
It's the two-steppin in the crowded dance hall
that becomes the ring for a bar room brawl.
It's the next morning in a new town
It's a new but familiar rodeo grounds.
It's the "OK boys", the nod of the head, the "Let R ride"
It's that everlasting 8 seconds as cowboy and horse collide.
It's the never ending dream, the forbidden love, the dangerous lust for the show.
It's all in the life of a cowboy and the sport we call Rodeo.
© 2002, Jennifer Koch
About Jennifer Koch:
I have written for years and just now getting the courage to share them with others. I am the mother of a 13 month old baby boy and the wife of a PRCA Bareback rider, which in fact has been the inspiration to most of my cowboy poetry. I was raised on a isolated cattle ranch near Juntura, Oregon and watched my two older brothers rodeo also. So rodeo has been a large part of my life and I truly love it. Many nights I have spent writing poetry to keep me occupied as I wait for a phone call or see my husband walk through that door. It is a hard life but as we grow older and compete against much younger, stronger and better cowboys it will be hard to say goodbye to that "family" we have spent so much time with.
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