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The Milder Side of The Wild Wild West

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The Milder Side of The Wild Wild West

One night I dreamed I wandered, weary in a desert until a clear blue water lake emerged ahead midst the new pine landscape of my dream. Four specks far away, approaching. . . soon turned into four strong ranchers wearing big brim cowboy hats. My memory was stirred in tune with an upbeat melody. And suddenly I knew just who they were! One, dressed all in black, sat tall and handsome in his saddle. Another, plain and burly, gave a toothy grin. Another, young and charming, smiled and winked at me! The silver-haired gent, their father, met my gaze with warm and honest eyes. Seeing my exhaustion, he offered me a place to stay. Oh, happy dream that I had drifted into: that bygone era of my youth when Adam, Hoss and Little Joe, along with the grand patriarch Ben Cartwright, had been invited into living rooms on Sunday nights as families like mine watched their televisions all those years ago. A bonanza of romance, friendship, loyalty and courage had given us the good-hearted milder side of the wild wild west. Alongside the Cartwright clan, I rode inside my dream toward the cozy ranch house built on the land of legend called the Ponderosa, anticipating Hop Sing’s home-cooked supper. Inspired by the Wild Wild West Poetry Contest * hear the lyrics of the Bonanza theme song as sung by Lorne Greene (Ben Cartwright) at

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  1. Date: 4/27/2013 4:20:00 PM
    This brought back lovely memories of Sunday nights watching Bonanza. Nicely done Andrea. love phyl

  1. Date: 4/21/2013 8:48:00 AM
    I saw that coming, but it was still great! Nice company you got there.

  1. Date: 4/17/2013 6:26:00 PM
    At first I was expecting the four horsemen of the apocalypse. But this is a very pleasant surprise. Our family spent a lot of time with the Cartwrights also. The sho was trying to teach us something about morality. Remember the sheriff?

  1. Date: 4/15/2013 9:12:00 AM
    Always loved the show...and do too love your words in this poem. Good memories spring to mind...

  1. Date: 4/12/2013 11:46:00 PM
    one of my favorite shows. I couldn't wait all week until it came on. Thamks for the memories,

  1. Date: 4/11/2013 3:26:00 PM
    wow, love this and I know Joe would enjoy this too : )

  1. Date: 4/11/2013 9:34:00 AM
    Andrea, entertaining and very well written. I loved that show also. I still watch the re-runs!

  1. Date: 4/11/2013 7:43:00 AM
    Andrea - I still watch Bonzna re runs. I hope you like Hop - Sing. I can find my old poems. I type in Tragedy by Matthew Anish and then poems by Matthew Anish then they come up. If you want to hit poems by Matthew Anish you may see them. See you at the Ponderosa Matthew Anish

  1. Date: 4/11/2013 6:32:00 AM
    you take me back here Andrea, your poetry certainly does the show proud,, love this

  1. Date: 4/10/2013 3:41:00 AM
    My mom loves this show, but I'm very picky when it comes to westerns. Still... I can see why the show was liked. Oooh longing for the simpler times. I once wrote a poem with similar endearments, but towards I Love Lucy... maybe someday I'll post it... hope you do well on the contest!

  1. Date: 4/9/2013 7:00:00 AM
    Ahh!!One of my husband's favorite programs..Enjoyed your dream..It was a good one..Thanks for all the visits along the way..Sara

  1. Date: 4/8/2013 8:53:00 PM
    I recall wishing I lived on the Ponderosa. Your poem brings it all back. Jack

  1. Date: 4/8/2013 5:52:00 PM
    I much enjoyed your trip back to the Bonanza days. I still watch an episode now and then. RAY

  1. Date: 4/8/2013 7:29:00 AM
    Now I DO know Bonanza! Yeah...would LOVE to hang out with those guys...haha. Great one!

  1. Date: 4/7/2013 11:41:00 AM
    Hi, my dearest friend! This is another great write of yours which I've enjoyed reading tonight. I'll try to check the link tom. I've just arrived home from my cousin and it's now late here. Belated thanks for the sweet hi. Good luck and best wishes in the contest Good night, big hugs and God bless! love lots, Leonora

  1. Date: 4/7/2013 11:23:00 AM
    haha I was here, you were at my poem and we were basically saying the same thing to each other o_O me even mentioning that handsome guy! hahaha! thank you!

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    Date: 4/7/2013 11:24:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    btw haha, you really dig my name here, eh? I don't think I am changing it any time soon... :p
  1. Date: 4/7/2013 11:21:00 AM
    oh btw forgot to tell you, I finally did fix my poem and entered it...I am happy with how that version ended as well :) thanks again sweetie!

  1. Date: 4/7/2013 11:20:00 AM
    Ok I checked out the video- very catchy theme song I must say-- now I have that in my head, with the sort of giddy up clopping in my head-- so cool though! And I was saying, ooh handsome guy-- I didn't realize right away that was Michael Landon! He was the only guy I was familiar with there... got me smiling here, thanks Andrea!

  1. Date: 4/7/2013 11:13:00 AM
    Ok take 2: Starting anew-- I still have no idea who they were BUT you described them in a way that it makes me wish i had seen that show-- I like how you made this like a dream scene and just taking them with you, and them accommodating you in your dream! I am intrigued as to what the home cooked supper is-- I really enjoyed this write, Andrea, thanks for taking us there with you :) hugs to you! :)

  1. Date: 4/7/2013 11:12:00 AM
    FOr my friends that never heard of Bonanza,just use that link to the song I gave you!!!