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Bosque County, Texas
About Lathum Burk



Great Grandad T.C.

Great Granddad and I was checking his cows
It was getting’ along late in the day
We needed to check on an old windmill,
It wasn’t much outta the way

A gate was ‘tween us and the windmill
Granddad opened that gate from horseback
A track caught my eye as I rode thru
A GREAT BIG mountain lion track!

I pointed the track out to Granddad
He told me to stay on alert
We forgot all about that broke windmill
As we followed the tracks in the dirt

We tracked him way down in a canyon
And found where he’d just killed a cow
Chills ran up my spine as I wondered
What’s Granddad gonna do now?

‘Bout then Granddad spotted that old killer
Slinking away in the grass
So Granddad he lit out after him
And the horse he was riding was fast!

Now this wasn’t my first ride with Granddad
So I knew he carried no gun
But I figured I knew what his plan was
As across the pasture we run

My guess was that’s he’s gonna rope him
And expect me to rope his back feet
A heck of a plan if it worked out
And we could both keep our seats

Thank goodness that old cat out ran us,
He’s probably plum out of this state,
You just never know what might happen
When you ride with my Great Granddad.- it’s great

© 2008, Lathum Burk
This poem may not be reprinted or reposted without the author's written permission.


This poem was written for Lathum Burk's grandson Lanham Burk, who enjoys reading and reciting cowboy poetry, especially the ones written by his Papa, Lathum. This particular poem was written to help honor the memory of Lanham's great-granddad T.C. Jinkens, who passed away in 2005.

T.C. Jinkens



 About Lathum Burk:

Lathum Burk was born in, 1948 in Fisher County and grew up on a west Texas farm as the youngest of 10 kids. He had his first poem published in High School as a part of an English Class Project. He served in the Vietnam War and returned home from Vietnam, married Linda Jinkens and continued his farming. In 1980 he had the opportunity to move to Bosque County, Texas and go to work for his father-in-law, Mr. T.C. Jinkens on a ranch. He was fortunate to be able to raise three kids on the ranch. Living and raising a family there gave him plenty of experiences for the poetry he enjoys writing. Lathum still enjoys tending to his cattle, reading Elmer Kelton books, cowboy poetry and his family—most of all his grand-kids.



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