A COWBOY IS
Who is a cowboy, what can be stated?
Shane, the ideal hero, brave but understated.
Eastwood, tough, fair, evens up the score.
Wayne, big shoulders, represents goodness, law.
These are fictitious figments of movie dreams
Their actual life was not what it seems
Real cowboys were lonely and died young
With broken leg or shot in the lung,
Injuries untreated, isolation, meals uneaten,
Loneliness, poverty, danger, savagely beaten.
Best friend his horse; best tool - his gun -
Was rarely used, and never for fun.
Never a deadly shot, never hit an ace-card.
His life was often ended by wolves - hard.
Illusory movies like Magnificent Seven
Tell a fairy tale story of hard-working men
With an unhealthy and short life, ending when
Dead - more like The Dirty Dozen.