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What's in a Name

What’s in a Name

The ranch has many horses
And all have earned a name.
Through color, deed and disposition,

Their moniker will proclaim
Their value to the cowboys
That gave each horse his name.

Pete bears the name of a long lost friend
No longer here to ride.
And offers two ears worthy
For a cowboy to confide.

Legs is taller than the rest
And boy can that steed run.
Lean forward in the saddle
And you could have some fun. 

Cottonwood is dirty white
Like the fluffy seeds of the tree.
And a May colt, too!
He went to the mud with me!

Sunny is a bright sorrel gelding
Colored like the sun.
His choppy gait makes saddle sores.
Riding him is never fun!

Jim is black as midnight
Like a character of Mark Twain’s.
They sometimes call him something else
But the meaning is still the same.

S.A. is a red roan stud
With initials for a name.
To write it out would just be wrong.
You can guess his name.

Copyright © Ray Dillard

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  1. Date: 6/28/2011 1:45:00 PM
    Ray, Cool to see a great poem in the winner circle. Agape, Moses

  1. Date: 6/23/2011 8:33:00 PM
    ahhh, a charming poem from Ray!! where have you been?? I have not seen you in ages but for coming across this horse contest winners' list. Congratulation. This is a very cute poem. Love that stanza on "Jim."

  1. Date: 6/23/2011 4:50:00 PM
    Congrats on your win, Ray. Excellent piece. Nice going. Ralph

  1. Date: 6/23/2011 1:47:00 PM
    My congratulations on the win in the contest of carol, Ray

  1. Date: 6/23/2011 1:00:00 PM
    Congrats Ray on your excellent win in the horse contest with this exciting entry.. interesting adventure in poetry my friend..luv..

  1. Date: 6/23/2011 12:34:00 PM
    Congratulations and thank you for supporting my contest Ray. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 8/28/2010 8:19:00 AM
    By the way, I can tell you have your grammar, spelling and punctuation down pat! Some writers struggle with these.

  1. Date: 8/28/2010 8:18:00 AM
    Ray, I'm sorry I missed this poem earlier because it was a delight to read. Read your comments on Charles Henderson's blog and I was an English teacher as well. Mistakes in grammar, punctuation and spelling caused me frustration in grading papers, but students did seem to learn from their mistakes. Today students can write in Microsoft Word and their errors are underlined. It's a different world now and excuses for these mistakes are less acceptable now. Best wishes, Carolyn

  1. Date: 8/8/2010 7:01:00 AM
    Good rhyme and rhythm...Enjoyed learning about the animals and their names..Sara

  1. Date: 8/2/2010 10:49:00 AM
    Congratulations to you on your win Ray in Tirzah Conway's contest "A Horse Is A Horse Of Course". Love, Carol

  1. Date: 7/30/2010 8:18:00 PM
    Congrats, Ray. Nice going. Ralph

  1. Date: 7/30/2010 4:04:00 PM
    Congrats on the HM win, Ray

  1. Date: 7/30/2010 12:07:00 PM
    Congrats Ray on your HM in the Horses contest... when I saw your title i almost flipped.. its my title for another contest poem.. see great minds think alike ..haha.. enjoy your special honor my friend... and writing partner.. with luv..

  1. Date: 7/30/2010 11:10:00 AM
    I enjoyed reading your poetry today Ray. Wishing you a beautiful weekend filled with inspiration. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 7/30/2010 10:45:00 AM
    great poem, congrats on HM in the contest

  1. Date: 7/29/2010 5:06:00 PM
    A fantastic write well expressed with apt words, Ray

  1. Date: 7/29/2010 4:51:00 PM
    I almost feel like I've been this ranch, with these horses that have names like characters described in your wonderful poem! Reminds me of some of the places my Dad took me ....and some of the horses I remember from childhood. I love your twist on the contest, Ray. So nice to read one of your poems again...hope you have been doing well...and still writing your wonderful stories! My best wishes to you! Love, Carrie oh, ps..good luck in the contest...this should do very well!! :)