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He crawled from his bunk stiflin' a hearty yawn.
His work began each day at the very crack of dawn.
He donned his jeans, chaps and old slouch hat,
Pulled on his cowboy boots and strapped on his gat!

He downed a bowl of Cheerios which was his usual fare,
Then mounted Old Dan, his trusty hoss with habitual flair.
He coiled his lasso as he sat there leisurely astraddle.
'Twould be another hot and dusty day in his well-worn saddle!

He first chore was to patrol the miles of barbed wire fences,
Over the rolling plains of his spread's vast expanses.
There were dogies to herd to the corral, there to do battle,
Ropin' and brandin' dozens of cantankerous and wily cattle!

Pausin' at noon 'neath a ponderosa for much-needed relief,
The cook fed him beans, biscuits and roasted beef.
Then back in the saddle as Old Dan he gently spurred,
To continue roundin' up more of the frenzied herd!

It had been a tirin' day ridin' over rollin' hill and dale.
Now he and Old Dan headed home along the moonlit trail.
The five-year-old cowpoke awoke from his dream-filled nap.
Such a gruelin' trail it had been for that hardy little chap!

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  1. Date: 4/19/2014 3:41:00 PM

    - Really a pleasure to read, bob!! - Happy Easter! - oxox // Anne-Lise :)
  1. Date: 4/18/2014 8:01:00 AM

    Haha!i was hoping to join the cowboy later to watch the sunset... Nice one!!!
  1. Date: 4/18/2014 12:05:00 AM

    Enjoyed this poem!!! great write!
  1. Date: 4/17/2014 10:12:00 PM

    Hi Bob! Love the surprise ending. Great descriptions of cowboy life. Best wishes in the contest. Love, Kim
  1. Date: 4/17/2014 9:48:00 PM

    I knew you would come up with something great for the contest. Well done pard... BG
  1. Date: 4/17/2014 9:01:00 PM

    Well done! Felt like I was spending the day by his side. Shoot I enjoyed your cowboy poem better than mine, I hope you do well in the contest, yours is awesome :)