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The Waxed Coat Man

In crackled tintypes bent with long ago,
Amid flaxen sunset and skies of cherry—
In worn leather-carved ancient scenario,
He dare not lie in milkweed prairie.

He rides resolute toward that sweat-tinged fame,
Always the heart’s hero of our once young eye,
As pale ivory range sighs softly his name
And we all know the real reason why.

It is high sage country that he will ride,
As that tin sun burns alabaster away—
And new birthed rains roll off his cow rancher hide,
So his soft summer’s mirage will stay.

Some see him crude – of but limited worth—
Lacking pure knowledge or certain savoir-faire—
But born of bone plain, he is of no fool’s birth—
A force of nature that’s always there. 

From coat’s patina past years slide, of course,
As lines are spurred so deep into his Sphinx face—
But he’d rather be poised high atop his horse
In no other country, time or place.

His heritage is long – it’s here he’ll die—
He rides his own land in cruel spring rains and snows—
And like that wax jacket, he’ll keep his hopes dry,
Because ranching is all that he knows.

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  1. Date: 3/7/2011 5:08:00 AM

    Glenn, you have a thoughtful poem here. Glad I saw it this morning.

  1. Date: 10/8/2010 10:43:00 PM

    Truly a poem of beauty, what a wonderful write!

  1. Date: 6/26/2010 10:13:00 PM

    Awesome writing with beautiful imagery. A well-deserved selection to have won the PoetrySoup contest! Congratulations, Glen!!

  1. Date: 6/25/2010 11:51:00 AM

    That was a beautiful poem, well written, and congratulations on your winning, it certainly deserved it!

  1. Date: 6/21/2010 8:13:00 PM

    Oh my God i only started doing poetry about a year ago and this goes way past me!Buttah I don't get it... at all

  1. Date: 6/14/2010 2:58:00 PM

    Wonderful write, so thick in living description. Congrats on the win!

  1. Date: 6/5/2010 8:40:00 PM

    Wonderfully put... Congratulations on your winning!

  1. Date: 6/1/2010 2:50:00 PM

    very complicated and beautiful !!

  1. Date: 5/27/2010 4:36:00 AM

    nice.... cheers oscar

  1. Date: 5/27/2010 1:30:00 AM


  1. Date: 4/2/2010 7:47:00 PM

    Congrats on your win with this outstanding piece Love Cookie

  1. Date: 3/18/2010 6:28:00 PM

    UuHhh..congrats,buttah..i don't get all

  1. Date: 3/14/2010 7:35:00 AM

    Mr. enloe......wonderful "Cowboy"...I've often wanted to write one. Congratulations on your spectacular win Sir !! This should be a proud moment for you...God bless you with your poetic talent ! james

  1. Date: 3/11/2010 9:21:00 PM

    Congratulations on your win in the contest. Enjoy the honor. I enjoyed reading this piece of art. Ernilando

  1. Date: 3/10/2010 11:51:00 AM

    an amazing write rife with picturesque metaphors that give life and colorful meaning to the storied life of the cowboy/rancher...excellent! cheers, Pablo

  1. Date: 3/10/2010 9:05:00 AM

    Congratulations on your win in the soup contest, a well deserved first place win. Caryl

  1. Date: 3/10/2010 7:34:00 AM

    Congratulations on the win in the contest..Hope that this just one of many and many to come...Keep the creative pen flowing. Sara

  1. Date: 3/8/2010 6:17:00 AM

    Dear Glen, Congratulations on YOUR Well Deserved 1st Place Win in the October POETRYSOUP Contest This made me Think of Clint Eastwood In "The Outlaw - Josey Wells" SUPER WRITE ALWAYS...HG

  1. Date: 3/5/2010 1:08:00 PM

    Glen, my congratulations on your awesome win in PS's International contest! Great job!!

  1. Date: 3/4/2010 3:09:00 PM

    Congratulations in everyway possiable on this work of art. My husband even sat and listen to me as I read it aloud to my friend. He never does that. Totally LOVED it.

  1. Date: 3/3/2010 7:44:00 AM

    Congratulaions on your wonderful work of art.

  1. Date: 3/2/2010 9:32:00 AM

    Congratulations on your first place win Glen. Awesome poem and form. Agape, Moses

  1. Date: 3/2/2010 3:09:00 AM

    I really like this. It brings such visually vivid pictures and evokes such deep emotion. Thanks for sharing this.

  1. Date: 3/1/2010 10:29:00 AM

    Glen , great poem, makes me miss my Grandpa. Our country was formed on this type of people, salt of the earth. I love this poem, you deserve the prize. Judy Riley

  1. Date: 3/1/2010 8:48:00 AM

    CONGRATULATIONS Glen on your winning the PoetrySoup International Poetry Site Contest for October 2009. This has been along time coming my friend and it is fantastic seeing your name up there finally in the spotlight. Love you my friend, Carol

  1. Date: 3/1/2010 6:23:00 AM

    congrats on the featured poem!! Good work!!

  1. Date: 2/28/2010 7:46:00 PM

    Congratulations Glen, on the 1st place win in the Poetry Soup contest. Great write and well deserved. Does me good to be riding with folks like you.

  1. Date: 2/28/2010 5:32:00 PM

    Congratulations, Glen, on your big win with this wonderful cowboy poem. I miss the West sometimes. Smiles, Dane Ann

  1. Date: 2/28/2010 3:35:00 PM

    Wonderful use of imagery for a creative view. Congratulations on placing first in the Soup contest. Way to go! Enjoy this huge honor. Keep up the good writing. Karen

  1. Date: 2/28/2010 1:44:00 PM

    CONGRATS! Glen, I was mesmerized by this awesome poem, well deserved win! jimbo