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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 by Bob Hinshaw

Copyright © Robert L. Hinshaw

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  1. Date: 1/17/2012 5:27:00 PM
    Bob, you and Tirzah made one hell of a good combination when you wrote this with her. Congratulations on your win.

  1. Date: 1/16/2012 2:25:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win in Tracie's "Opposites Attract" contest Bob. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 1/15/2012 6:33:00 PM
    Congratulations, Bob. I remember this one well. It's nice reviewing the winners and seeing them all again. what a unique contest this was. Congratulations. Luv, Andrea

  1. Date: 1/14/2012 5:27:00 PM
    awesome intertwining of stories. a fun read :) congrats on your win

  1. Date: 1/14/2012 6:25:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in Tracie's contest. hugs, catie :)

  1. Date: 1/13/2012 2:33:00 PM
    HI Bob! This is such a wonderful collaboration between you and Tirzah! 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 12:35:00 PM
    a unique write that spells creativity... congrats dear tirzah and bob..:) huggs!

  1. Date: 1/13/2012 11:05:00 AM
    Congratulations on your joint win x Love this

  1. Date: 1/13/2012 10:01:00 AM
    this really tuched my heart Robert...u wrote something I will always cherish...wonderful ..just wonderful...congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  1. Date: 1/13/2012 9:32:00 AM

  1. Date: 1/7/2012 8:27:00 PM
    They say two heads are better than one. This is one of the best collaboration poems I have read to date. Kudos to both Tirzah and you Bob.

  1. Date: 1/3/2012 1:12:00 PM
    Hmm...i think this really worked well Bob..) full of creative imagery ( really enjoyed ) this read...!

  1. Date: 1/3/2012 3:05:00 AM
    Another amazing collab! I loved the story! Should be Cowgirls and Indians. ha ha. Gwendolen

  1. Date: 1/2/2012 9:32:00 PM
    NIce to see two poets like yourselves working together. I like how you did it back and forth, back and forth. Very inventive topic! good luck in the contest.

  1. Date: 1/2/2012 6:58:00 PM
    wonderful words, sentiments and imagery- loved it, thank you for sharing, Brenda

  1. Date: 1/2/2012 6:57:00 PM
    Very well done, congrats to the two of you for a harmonious write, love and light, vie

  1. Date: 1/2/2012 6:50:00 PM
    You two did a fantastic job with this story. Sadly the story of the Indian leaves a bad taste when one looks back at the way they were treated. Hope to read more from the two of you.