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A Well-appointed Cowpoke

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A Well-appointed Cowpoke

A well-appointed cowpoke, of whom there are still a few,
Wanted to be properly clad for his first job interview.
So, to impress his potential and somewhat cynical boss,
He has a silver-studded saddle throwed across his hoss!

He's wearin' a ten-gallon hat, a Stetson if you please,
And a bandana 'round his neck to catch the dusty breeze.
The dude has a roll-yer-own a-danglin' from his lips,
And a shiny pair of forty-fours a-hangin' from his hips!

He's wearin' a hand-tooled leather belt of the finest grade,
And a "cowboy" shirt and a vest cut from top-grade suede!
A woolly pair of chaps covers his bow-legged knees,
And protects his Calvin Kleins that fit so tight they squeeze!

His gleamin' pair of Tony Lama boots with pointy toes,
Completes what he considers proper cowboyin' clothes.
The silver spurs on his boots glint in the noonday sun;
Ah, he's the ideal picture of a range-ridin' son-of-a-gun!

The boss, arms folded, feet spread, sportin' a knowin' grin,
Didn't seem to be impressed, much to the greenhorn's chagrin.
Sizin' him up from head to toe, he said, "You look fit and able",
Handed him a fork and shovel and sent him to the stable!

Robert L. Hinshaw, CMSgt, USAF, Retired
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  1. Date: 6/20/2010 9:05:00 AM

    I simply loved this cowboy repertoire, the picture it paints is complete laughter. You are so good with that! I enjoyed the read. Caryl

  1. Date: 6/19/2010 10:05:00 AM

    Great poem, Robert. Sen that there sonofagun out on a cattle drive. They'd eat him alive. Congrats on this selection. Love,daver

  1. Date: 6/19/2010 6:06:00 AM

    Congratulations on your poetry being featured this week Robert. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 6/18/2010 9:28:00 PM

    Absolutely cool stuff here Robert!...Congrats on the feature this week!...Got me laughin' out loud on this one!...Yeah, send him to the stable to them break them Calvin Kleins in good!- Tim

  1. Date: 6/16/2010 3:44:00 PM

    Hey Robert, congratulations on your featured poem. After reading, I consider your poem unique and one of my favorite. I say unique because as retired Navy, I can't let and old fly boy get too big a head. Though I really did enjoy.

  1. Date: 6/16/2010 2:50:00 PM

    Robert, this poem has gone to my favorites. It is something my grandfather would have done. He and his brothers were ranchers in the 1850's to 1930's in the sandhills of Nebraska. We ranched on the Rosesbud Reservation in South Dakota. Keep up the good work you are a very good story teller. God Bless, Cile

  1. Date: 6/15/2010 12:13:00 PM

    This is a wonderful piece, a well deserved feature! Accept my colorful congrats. Keep your pens dancing to the drumbeat of your passion. You are such a wonderful poet. With love, Adeleke

  1. Date: 6/15/2010 7:49:00 AM

    Congrats.My friend on a worthy poem feature this week. Agape, Moses

  1. Date: 6/14/2010 1:42:00 PM

    Robert - this is a classic - loved it and is going straight to my favs. Rgds Janette

  1. Date: 6/14/2010 1:15:00 PM

    Congrats Bob on your featured poem this week on the Soup.. a great choice to share with us all..with luv from the "Sweetheart"

  1. Date: 6/13/2010 9:55:00 PM

    Congratulations to a talented poet. Love, Iolanda

  1. Date: 6/13/2010 6:27:00 PM

    Congrats on the feature. They don't make cowboys like they used to. Vince

  1. Date: 6/13/2010 3:07:00 PM

    congrats on the feature this week. This really caught my attention...love nikki

  1. Date: 6/13/2010 2:53:00 PM

    Nice use of language and rhyme to share your thoughts. Congratulations on having your poem featured. Another honor for you to enjoy. Keep on writing! Karen

  1. Date: 1/12/2010 11:26:00 AM

    Made me chuckle at the end with the slight twist, nice one Robert >> James

  1. Date: 1/4/2010 2:50:00 PM

    The narrative is compelling and captivating ... your subject leaks into the readers heart like honey, and the poem stays on the tongue like a majestic ballad.