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Cowboys and Indians

He pulls his hat down low against the chill of the storm,
The numb fingers that hold the reins forgot what it was like to be warm;

     On a grassy knoll silhouetted against the rising sun, 
     Astride his pinto pony sits a Native American son; 

The blowing snow and freezing rain steal his breath away,
But he knows that being a cowboy, it’s worth the price that you pay;

     A majestic, bronzed brave, feathers wafting in the breeze, 
     With arms uplifted in obeisance, the Great Spirit to appease! 

A worn out calf is stretched across his lap on either side,
Her head resting on his thigh just going along for the ride;

     He offers thanks to Him for the grandeur of creation, 
     And for the sun and moon from which he gathers inspiration;

Her momma just like him had been caught out in the gale,
It’s just another story to add to the cowboy’s tale;

     He asks the Great Spirit to bless his arrow and bow, 
     That with true aim he can fell life-sustaining buffalo;

His face is hard and beaten from too many days in the sun,
From early mornings and late nights workin’ til a job is done;

     A tear rolls down his cheek thinking of his ravaged, sacred land, 
     The broken treaties and those who dealt with deceitful hand; 

But being a working cowboy surely has its rewards,
Riding forgotten country that has never been explored.

     With a sad heart he lowers his arms and slowly turns away, 
     Determined that from the paths of his fathers he will not stray. 

By Tirzah Conway and Bob Hinshaw

The cowboy portion was written by Tirzah Conway and the Indian portion was written by Bob Hinshaw

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  1. Date: 1/16/2012 2:24:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win in Tracie's "Opposites Attract" contest Tirzah. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 1/15/2012 6:32:00 PM
    I remember this one and the interesting way you guys went back and forth between the indian and cowboy lines. It's nice to review the winners and see you here. congrats. LUv, Andrea

  1. Date: 1/14/2012 5:26:00 PM
    awesome intertwining of stories. a fun read :) congrats on your win!

  1. Date: 1/13/2012 2:32:00 PM
    This is such a wonderful collaboration, Tirzah and Bob! I really liked how you put it from the cowboy & Indian's point of view...This just came across as vivid for me... congrats on your win!!

  1. Date: 1/13/2012 12:34:00 PM
    a unique write that spells creativity... congrats dear tirzah and bob..:) huggs!

  1. Date: 1/13/2012 11:03:00 AM
    Congratulations on your joint win love this x

  1. Date: 1/13/2012 9:31:00 AM

  1. Date: 1/13/2012 8:49:00 AM
    Tirzah and Bob congrats on your win, celebrate with a peace pipe now..David

  1. Date: 1/12/2012 8:45:00 AM
    A great co-elaboration Bob & Tirza. Continue this good work in the coming year. Agape, Moses

  1. Date: 1/6/2012 2:15:00 PM
    Enjoyed reading this collaboration..Very good work..I am glad that I chose this one to read this afternoon..Thanks for stopping by..Sara

  1. Date: 1/6/2012 8:24:00 AM
    wonderful collab Tirzah .. so glad to read u again and be back slow but sure .. thankxx for kind words on my blogs .. sorry to reply late .. but am so appreciative ..luv .

  1. Date: 1/5/2012 9:59:00 PM
    Oh, I must have read this on Bob's side.I do recall it. VERY nice job with your collaboration, Tirzah. I am sure it will do well !

  1. Date: 1/3/2012 3:23:00 AM
    Sure is an interesting poem is this, just wanted it to go on and on, enjoyed. Happy New Year. harry

  1. Date: 1/2/2012 9:59:00 PM
    Tirzah, this poem is a great collaboration! Bob and yourself did an excellent job. I am impressed. The two of you don't need any luck to place in Tracie's placed simply by writing together :D