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A Cowboy Is

heartbeat of the American dream early settlers escaped tyranny rode West, used squatters’ rights claimed land and turned to ranching nights ‘neath stars and grub by campfires from nearby hills wolves howling driving cattle across wide prairies boomtowns erected when gold was found ghost towns remain as a symbol of lost wealth cowboys saw the growth of a nation encountered tribes that rebelled met others that passed peace pipes Tombstone today haunted by sounds barroom brawls and sultry saloon singers not an easy life; the strongest survived few emulated Clint Eastwood or John Wayne just men who still enjoy freedom to roam the range but freedom always comes at a price few riders had family ties ladies of the night were their comfort only a handful became rich ranchers still they ride still they ride

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  1. Date: 4/7/2011 11:00:00 AM
    love clint eastwood and of course the Duke, i grew up going to John Wayne movies. when i was younger my mom use to take me to the rodeo, this was a great piece you wrote. thank you for reading my last ride to the vets. i know it is a long one, but i had so much to say i could not shorten it, and thank you for your comments and for your support.

  1. Date: 3/21/2011 12:20:00 PM
    Love it Carolyn, even though I'm no Cowboy fan. I thoroughly enjoyed you poem. Many deserved congratulation's on your deserved in Tirzah's contest....:)

  1. Date: 3/21/2011 8:01:00 AM
    A heartfelt congratulations to you Carolyn for your win in Tirzah's contest "A Cowboy Is". Love, Carol

  1. Date: 3/18/2011 10:33:00 AM
    Congratulations on a wonderful 8th Place Win in Tirzah's Contest, Seafaress! I already knew this would be on the List of Winners! I'm enjoying Boston. Hung out with the crowd celebrating St. Patrick's Day thru the afternoon into early a.m. No, didn't get wasted as I hate the feeling! lol. Those days are gone! Will get to see the US Constitution as you recommended, hopefully 2morrow. Love, Annalise

  1. Date: 3/18/2011 8:40:00 AM
    Just as I thought. A WINNER. Congratulatins, CArolyn.

  1. Date: 3/17/2011 8:28:00 PM
    Super Congratulations dear Carolyn for this win.

  1. Date: 3/17/2011 12:20:00 PM
    Absolutely amazing the way your captured every aspect of ghost towns to settlers - loved it!~Tirzah~

  1. Date: 3/17/2011 11:39:00 AM
    "Tombstone today haunted by sounds"....You have depicted the Cowboy though a mural was painted. Excellent....Thank You

  1. Date: 3/10/2011 12:31:00 PM
    Wow! I missed this one too!! This is going to be at the very top if you ask me, Carolyn! It is exceptional! Mine is lacking "umph"! lol you know what I mean. Love, Annalise

  1. Date: 3/9/2011 2:45:00 PM
    what a life it is! :)

  1. Date: 3/8/2011 2:48:00 PM
    My daddy played poker with Buffalo Bill Cody on the line between North Platte, Nebraska and Denver. My dad was 53 when I was born. This might explain the claim. Bill was a real cowboy, not complex, generous, and along with his show, wild. Boy, like you say, those days were different. Wyoming still has the genuine article. Love, Dave

  1. Date: 3/8/2011 9:57:00 AM
    Ya gotta love the venture of the dyed in the wool cowboys. Thanks for reviving the thoughts of this segment of early America BTW, congrats on making it through the First round of the 11/22/10 contest.

  1. Date: 3/7/2011 7:11:00 AM
    Yes, there are still a few of them left. This was very well penned, CARolyn. I expect to see it in the winners' list for sure! Luv, Andrea

  1. Date: 3/7/2011 12:29:00 AM
    Picture perfect dear Carolyn ! This sure sounds like a winner ! *smiles* much love, james

  1. Date: 3/6/2011 7:54:00 AM
    oops!!good luck in the cowboy contest

  1. Date: 3/5/2011 1:43:00 PM
    Another excellent one for Tirzah's "A Cowboy Is" Contest, Carolyn. Fantastic imagery...I know she'll like this one as you've laid it out so well..taken your readers along. Love it. Love, Annalise

  1. Date: 3/5/2011 11:31:00 AM
    A wonderful entry into the contest!nice story of Cowboy you have penned Carolyn.

  1. Date: 3/5/2011 11:25:00 AM
    Quite a vivid look at a cowboy's life Carolyn, superb piece, especially love your ending.. Wishing you all the best for the contest, love you Wilma

  1. Date: 3/5/2011 10:32:00 AM
    Clint Eastwood is such a handsome guy. If all cowboys looked as good as he does in the spaghetti westerns, I'd be riding off into the sunset searching for one. Good luck in the contest. Best to you, Diane

  1. Date: 3/5/2011 8:47:00 AM
    A very good entry for the contest...Good luck ....George