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Lantzville, British Columbia
About Madeleine Nattrass




Real Cowboys

You can tell a real cowboy by the long lanky way he leans
on his pickup truck, as if it were a muscled mustang.
The way he's pressed up casual-like against twitching metal,
gauging the pent up power that's snorting and revving up to get up and go,
showing it who's boss before riding the heck out of it.

2007, Madeleine Nattrass
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Madeleine told us: The poem is one of three that came out of  a stay in Arizona this past winter. I attended a rodeo for the first time and was amazed at the skill and daring of both horse and rider working in complete sync. I also made many acquaintances with people from Montana, Alberta, and Colorado ranch and cowboy country; men and women who are closely connected to the land. They are a special, genuine breed that carry on the "cowboy" traditions. 


About Madeleine Nattrass:

I am a retired teacher now living on Vancouver Island, British Colombia but spent my summer vacations on my uncles' farms, riding horses and aspiring to be a cowgirl. I have enclosed a photo of myself (far left) and my cousins from that era (1957).





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