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Hard Life, Well Spent

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Below is the poem entitled Hard Life, Well Spent which was written by poet Lena Pate. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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Hard Life, Well Spent

Cowboys herdin’ cattle cross dusty trails
Sandy hooves paint ground fog in their wake
Shuffling along swattin’ flies off molty hides
Riders amble aside keeping eye on their stake

Chuck wagon camps, setting up by a creek
Beans and pan bread cookin’ over hot stones
Coffee’s meandering aroma penetrates the air
Greeting men carrying saddles over tired bones

Ranch hands scout the waters nearby
Look to the sky to judge the night
Storms a comin’ as night encroaches
Coyotes restless, cries rent last light

Cattle dogs alert to changes
Nip the heels of stragglin’ calves
Cowhand slaps his rope while coaxing
Blistered hands and lips in need of salves

Cowhands sing to calm their charges
Bedrolls gathered near the fire
Dreaming of a trail once taken
And of their loves as they retire

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  1. Date: 8/5/2012 11:21:00 AM
    hi Lena, i just want to say thanks for your work. It is uniquic, There are words and then there are lyric's, I rated Hard Life, Well Spent a 5. But for "The brine, it is calling" i rate a 7+. 7, i think is the best? I love it! Its like we listen to the same music or dream the same dream or are just the same species. IDONO? but i related to it and deffently felt a connection, Don't stop, "peace"

  1. Date: 3/29/2012 2:35:00 AM
    You must have riddin' the trail. Great detail. By the way, I appreciated your critique of my poem "Paper dreams" three years ago. I received many superficial congrats, but your comments were meaningful. You're a good poet, I'll try to read more of your work.

    Pate Avatar Lena Pate
    Date: 3/29/2012 9:35:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Randall. Husband and I raised horses and cows for several years. Love horses. If you liked this one read my Cathedral Spiritual.
  1. Date: 1/4/2012 11:15:00 AM
    Congratulations on making it through the 1st round of PoetrySoup International Contest. Wishing you the best in the finals Lena. Love, Carol

    Pate Avatar Lena Pate
    Date: 1/6/2012 6:22:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Carol.
  1. Date: 9/12/2011 9:42:00 AM
    Congratulations Lena on your well deserved poetry being featured this week. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 8/4/2011 2:39:00 PM
    Great poem Lena, reminds me of the John Wayne film Red River. thank you for reading and commenting on my poem. Peace!!!

  1. Date: 8/2/2011 9:16:00 PM
    I like the way you captured this life... thanks for sharing, John