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Grand Canyon Cowboy

 

On Page One:

Foreword by Elmer Kelton
excerpted from
Cowboy Poetry: Classic Rhymes by S. Omar Barker, 
Cowboy Miner Productions, 1998

Index of poems in the Cowboy Miner Book
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Poems
on page one

Breed of the Brave
Bruin' Wooin'
Cowboy Factor--Old Style
"He'll Do!"
Into the West

Jack Potter's Courtin'
and the story behind the poem
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Love's Hobbles
Old Fence Rider
Purt Near!
Ranch Mother
The Riders
Tall Men Riding
Watchin' em Ride

A Cowboy Toast
A Texas Toast

Christmas and New Year poems posted on separate pages:

Christmas Promise
A Cowboy's Christmas Prayer
Cowboy's New Year's Resolutions
Drylander's Christmas
Empty Saddles at Christmas
Line-Camp Christmas Letter
Shepherds of the Range
Three Wise Men

 



photo S. Omar Barker, reprinted with the permission of the estate of S. Omar Barker, 
further reproduction without explicit permission is prohibited.
S. Omar Barker           


Poems

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Grand Canyon Cowboy

 

Grand Canyon Cowboy

I'd heard of the Canyon (the old cowboy said)
And I figured I'd like to go see it.
So I rode till I sighted a rim out ahead,
And reckoned that this place might be it.
 
I anchored my horse to a juniper limb
And crawled to the edge for a peek.
One look was a plenty to make my head swim.
And all of my innards felt weak.
 
If I'd known how durned deep it was going to be,
I'd have managed, by some hook or crook,
To tie my ownself to the doggoned tree
And let my horse go take the look!

S. Omar Barker, reprinted with the permission of the estate of S. Omar Barker, further reproduction without explicit permission is prohibited.

from Rawhide Rhymes; Singing Poems of the Old West


Photo by Jeri L. Dobrowski, obtain permission for reproduction rights

 


 

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