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Compadre

We’ve shared the trail, kicked up some dust, An’ stood a storm or two. We’ve rode the plains, the wide frontier, The easy trails were few. You’ve listened like some wise old sage To ever thing I’ve said, An’ as a friend, supported me, No matter where it led. I wished I coulda carried you, The times you were in pain; Or rustled up some kinda shed To turn the blowin’ rain. I’ve come up shy with some your needs, You gave me more’n you got, But in your silence, seemed to know, I needed you a lot. Compadre, friend, amigo, pard; I called you all them things, But there’s been times, I swear to God, You musta had some wings, An’ He sent you to care for me Like no one had before. If you’as a man an’ not a horse, I couldn’t a-loved you more. We gave this ranch our sweat an’ blood, It’s yours as much as mine, An’ raised our young’uns through the years, An’ Lord they’re doin’ fine. They’re blazin’ trails an’ raisin’ dust, They’re off an’ runnin’ free. We’ve taught ‘em well an’ made ‘em strong; Compadre, you an’ me. I always knew the day would come When we would fine’ly ride, To join the Maker’s round-up time, Up on the Great Divide. I sorta hoped we’d share the trail But this was not to be, So, you go on, we’ll ride again; Compadre, you an’ me.

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  1. Date: 11/30/2009 9:20:00 PM
    I worked on a Quarter horse Ranch when i was about Fourteen; so i know how easy it is to get close to a horse. The main stud they had there was Joe Reed the Second. Have you ever heard of him He was old, as horse years go, and had a busted up knee. But I have never seen a horse so beautiful as he. maybe I'll write a poem about him.

  1. Date: 11/30/2009 9:14:00 PM
    Beautiful write . Thank you for the Compliments on my Poetry; they made my day. Funny thing is that every thing you said ,also applies to you. and your poetry. my dad was a cowboy in his youth. He was a song writer. Every thing he wrote was in Spanish; but I only know enough spanish to get by. I never got to know him till he was about seventy.

  1. Date: 11/27/2009 4:38:00 AM
    Joyful, inviting, with the sad ending twist. Keep the magical pen flowing. Sara

  1. Date: 6/22/2009 7:06:00 PM
    Ookaayy... Thanks Deborah. :) ~<><

  1. Date: 6/22/2009 4:51:00 PM
    Loved it...poetically...you could tweak the meter so it has a more uniform pattern...contents excellent, perhaps you's enjoy Ego's Last Supper? Light and Luv Partner

  1. Date: 6/13/2009 9:52:00 AM
    Jm this is an outstanding poem regarding the relationship between man and horse - One of the better poems I have read and a favorite of mine - Congratulations on having your poetry featured this week – God Bless, MJ

  1. Date: 6/12/2009 8:38:00 PM
    whooosh! you can really put to paper some awesome lines here, Jim! again, a fine write! Jim

  1. Date: 6/9/2009 4:34:00 PM
    Aww, deeply moving and so beautifully written. I am so very sorry for your loss. A most excellent tribute and featured write. Congrats and welcome to the soup. Love, Shar

  1. Date: 6/9/2009 9:14:00 AM
    Congrats on your awesome piece being featured this week. Keep your pen sailing in the ocean of ideals and ideas. You are a such a awesome poet

  1. Date: 6/8/2009 3:10:00 PM
    Wow! This is a wonderful and creative tribute to friendship. This is so heartfelt. Congratulations on having your poem featured. Well deserved. Wishing you ongoing success with your writing. Karen

  1. Date: 6/8/2009 1:44:00 PM
    Congratulations Jim on the featuring of "Compadre." A wonderful tribute in true cowboy style. God Bless. Vince

  1. Date: 6/8/2009 8:21:00 AM
    Congratulations on your well deserved poem being featured this week Jim. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 6/8/2009 12:19:00 AM
    Congrats on your feature poem this week Jim Rgds Brian

  1. Date: 6/7/2009 6:49:00 PM
    Jim I see your fairly new so allow me a belated welcome - that said this poem was simply great - The entire tale was simply captivating and the ending was perfect - Yea this will go on my favorite poems list - God Bless you, MJ

  1. Date: 11/27/2008 5:48:00 AM
    Just noticed your poem featured in the PS terminology or forms of poetry area under Cowboy. Thought it was really cool. Thanks. Please write more.