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Yippee-i-o-ki-ay

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Yippee-i-o-ki-ay

Ben raised up a dern disappointment, Daddy, well, he wanted a boy.
Wasn’t nothing under the bleeding red sun Ma could do but keep on a tryin’
Ya’siree, she was one branded filly and dern iffin that filly didn’t birth a maverick.
Daddy, well he had him some hard times a com’n 
and he didn’t ev’n try to hide his fallen face when Sis was born.
that un, well, she was maverick number two!

Daddy was the devil may care sort and him and his seed strayed far afield,
sowing his wild oats, praying for an heir, he himself was one
‘slick hairy dick’ so to speak [that’s cowboy lingo for a maverick himself]
and you know what they say, “The cow plop don’t fall far from its arse”
He kept on pokin’ Ma ‘till he got that boy, all nine caterwauling  pounds!
Dynasty founded, one hell of a shindig was thrown, as luck would have it,
Dad strayed, but not before he taught his gal’s not to take guff from any man!

Out on the range, Dad rounded up a couple more Betty’s
“Yehaw, did that brand sizzle” got his self a couple more bucko’s
for the dynasty and another sweet filly, all of them mavericks to the core.
Funny thing is old Dad’s gal’s got more balls then most men.
So, I guess in the end [wink] he taught us well!


*This is a Cowboy Poem, it is a maverick to it's form because

Cowboy poetry is rhymed, metered verse written by someone who has lived a significant portion of his or her life in Western North American cattle culture. The verse reflects an intimate knowledge of that way of life, and the community. 
[Never lived in the West, don't like anything that looks at me with one eye! 
"...names have been changed to protect the innocent."

P.S. I'm the maverick!


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  1. Date: 3/15/2012 11:36:00 AM

    Congratulations on your well deserved win Debbie. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 3/14/2012 5:29:00 PM

    I heard the late Roy Rogers sing that in his song "I'm An Old Cowhand From the Rio Grande". Congratulations on your win.

  1. Date: 3/14/2012 1:18:00 PM

    Well conveyed write here Debbie,, and many good wishes on your contest spot today..)

  1. Date: 3/14/2012 6:50:00 AM

    Okay, lol, just to let you know, I first judge my contests and then after I've selected my winners, I search out the entries, so I can write up a blog. And I never guessed this was you! Cool write, kept its tone, naughty all the way! Congrats on your win, Hugs, Cyndi

  1. Date: 3/13/2012 9:46:00 PM

    congrats Debbie on a mr=arvelous write and win for Mavericks luv..

  1. Date: 2/29/2012 11:29:00 AM

    **Cont'd** But it is so much different in Japanese, because of the way it is sounded out. In Japanese it is much more difficult to have alliteration comes across in a tongue-twister sort of way, making the haiku almost sound like a riddle or limerick. In english, the alliteration can seem just a bit too much for the haiku, but I believe it can be done wonderfully if it is really, really plotted out in a soft, subtle way.

  1. Date: 2/29/2012 11:26:00 AM

    Debbie, about your question/concern about the "cut" being too much - my honest first impression was that maybe it was(for about 2 seconds), but then realized it is a bold juxtaposition that completes the scene. And as for alliteration, I almost don't want to step on anyone's toes, especially since Chas has been so helpful with people. The more Japanese that I learn, the more I realize that there is subtle alliteration here and there.

  1. Date: 2/24/2012 4:08:00 AM

    :) You definitely got me smiling - 'the cow plop don't fall far from its arse' :) Lovely creative post maverick :)..I love your cowboy poem sweet ma and thanks for stopping by my poetry..and for your tution re haiku :)Charma

  1. Date: 2/23/2012 8:42:00 AM

    I am enjoying reading a vast array of poetry this morning. I am glad yours was amongst the ones posted here that I was able to read and enjoy Debbie. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 2/22/2012 7:15:00 PM

    Bwahahahaha! Wow! So much "poking" going on in this poem. Wot an entertaining riot of the "One-Eyed Jack" !!!!

  1. Date: 2/22/2012 6:39:00 PM

    wow great write debbie!

  1. Date: 2/22/2012 4:55:00 PM

    That's a lovely expressed story poem. I enjoyed reading it.God bless you. Hugs!Erich

  1. Date: 2/22/2012 4:06:00 PM

    Hee Haw!! ya sure don't sound like no tenderfoot, to this cowgirl! and ya say ya ain't from cowboy country?? Makes a feller or a gal wanna spit out a chew of tobacca' and round up those doggies! :) yep...i'd say you're a maverick!!