Poetry Inspired by Cowboy Poetry Week
Cowboy Poetry Week
On page 1 you'll find more information about our Favorite Cowboy and Western Poems Project; some words about Cowboy Poetry; selected references for reading and listening; a link to our Events calendar, which lists many gatherings where you can enjoy Cowboy Poetry in its traditional oral form; and some additional links.
Cowboy Poetry Week
Conrad Burns, from the state of Montana
is an all-around big success.
A U.S. Marine, and an auctioneer,
and a cattleman, too, no less.
He rides with some of the finest ol' boys
that ever climbed up on a horse.
I'm talkin' about some really big guns,
and that's the Burns Bunch, of course.
Montana Max Baucus is Burns's neighbor.
Harry Reid of Nevada's one, too.
Kansas Sam Brownback, is one of the boys,
and Orrin Hatch, of Utah, it's true.
All of these fellas care about the West
and have found a way to show it.
They suggested a plan to help pay honor
to the nation's Cowboy Poet.
They made Cowboy Poetry Week in the Senate,
and it was a job well done.
The fourth week of April, Two-Thousand-and-Three
was chose for the very first one.
On behalf of all of us women and men,
from ever one of our nation's parts,
we thank Conrad Burns, who started it all,
from the bottom of our Cowboy Hearts.
© 2003, Hal Swift
This poem may not be reprinted or reposted without the author's written permission.
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