Lantzville, British Columbia
About Madeleine Nattrass
Real CowboysYou 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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