The Endless Prairie
The cowboys who lived on the great plains of Texas
One by one, they're all going home
Now they're riding the range that goes on forever
And they're plowing the heavenly loam
The stories are told of the salt grass cowboys,
The tales that brought each one fame.
Everyone knows of the ''high-horned bremmers"
Too wild and too mean to be tame.
And the Wilcox loop that could catch 'em all,
It draped from shoulder to ground.
One throw for horns, one throw for heels
And that bremmer was sure to be bound.
And the high plains cowboys up Wichita way
Fightin' dust devils and tail twistin' winds
There's Jimmy and Pistol, a prize winnin' team
Now they ride where the trail never ends.
We'll miss those who've gone to that heavenly place
And left us here on these lowland plains,
But we've learned many things from the ole time cowboys
And we'll surely remember their names
There's Donald and Jimmy and Estes and Dave
There's Bert and Rufus and Jay
Those ole time cowboys taught by example
A lesson well learned every day.
We'll live our lives on this coastal prairie
'Til the time comes for us to go home
To the endless prairie that goes on forever,
To a place where old cowboys roam.
© 2005, Tylene Kincy
This poem may not be reprinted or reposted without the author's written permission.
Tylene told us: This poem came to thought when my ex-father-in-law, Donald Wilcox, died last June and I completed it when my present father-in-law, Jimmy Kincy, died this spring. The cowboys named in the poem are all farmers and ranchers, (emphasis on the farmer), who I had much respect for. Cattle ranching down here in the salt grass marsh is very different from the high plains, but the heart of the cowboy is the same all over.
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