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On Juno Ranch, A Cowboy's Day

If you'd have lived and worked on Juno Ranch, you’d have come away better for it. It may not have seemed like it at the time but Pancho (Uncle Frank) would put it to you, an’ it was for you to decide to do it, what to do with it, or to fight. The motto was, “You either work or fight, there ain’t no quittin’ on this-here ranch.” Pancho cultivated a reputation as a living legend in his fifty-some years in the Devil’s River country of the Texas frontier. He loved his life, family, work and felt plumb lucky to be livin’ it. He believed there was art in every undertakin’ an’ practiced the highest standards in dealin’ with any an’ all comers. He savvied horses, cattle an’ the land; and death was just the gate that opened into higher pastures. Ride 'em Pancho!
The cowboy wakes before each dawn With blurry eyes n'a mournful yawn; Gets breakfast down, just bacon'n eggs, An' biscuits dunked in coffee dregs. He feeds the stock some oats an' hay In growin' light of break o' day. Then Pancho comes an' rigs a hoss, An' chews his butt, 'cause he's the boss. “The sun is up, you little bride! We're loosin' light! We gotta ride!” So they ride out to make their rounds In echoed clops of hoof-beat sounds. The sun is high 'bout half-passed noon, An' dinnertime is none too soon. He eats his beans an' taters fast, Then rolls a smoke an' rests at last. He dreams of how he'll spend his pay When he's in town on Saturday, An' where he'll go to have some fun With gals who'll laugh and call him, "Hun..." He gets his hat an' pulls it down, Forgets the dream of gals in town, Cause if he ain't just damn near dead, The work comes first on Pancho's spread.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2009

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Date: 7/20/2021 4:43:00 PM
This one is really funny and great as well. I hope you are still writing out there some where?? you talented person you.
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Date: 1/9/2010 4:55:00 AM
As I said before, I really enjoy this one, Jim. Great write. Hope all is well. God bless you.
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Date: 12/27/2009 8:59:00 AM
Wow! iffen it ain't a'nother. Great write there Jim. Good luck in the finals. Caryl
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Date: 12/23/2009 9:48:00 PM
WOW! another great Cowboy poem from the master! what a thrill to read your fine work! Jim! good luck in the finals with this gem! jimbo
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Date: 12/21/2009 10:38:00 PM
Dear Jim, Congratulations on all three sensational entries making it through the first round and best wishes on advancing to the finals. Lainie
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Date: 12/21/2009 8:50:00 AM
Hi Jim, Congrats on your poem winning the first round of PS contest!! Very well deserved, enjoyed reading your wonderful poetry. Here’s wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!! May 2010 be your best year ever! Love Light Patty
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Date: 12/20/2009 10:04:00 AM
Many congratulations on reaching the second round with your fine poem >> James
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Date: 12/6/2009 6:37:00 AM
I really like this one too Jim. SlMPLY A GREAT WRITE in alot of ways. God bless . -Robert
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Date: 8/29/2009 8:34:00 PM
Truly great writing here, Jim. Hope you come back to the Soup soon with more wonderful cowboy stories!!
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Date: 6/20/2009 6:02:00 PM
Jim, its like watching a western reading your poetry. If there are other poets out there who match the way you write, By golly i'll eat my stetson>>>Awesome respect you show this gentleman>>>James
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Date: 6/12/2009 8:32:00 PM
Jim Fish, my Dad was the one who was most comfortable around a camp, taught me how to make a respectable campsite, how to make scratch sourdough biscuits in a 'dutch-oven' and how to treat a Lady with respect, your poem is amazing! will read more! James
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Date: 6/11/2009 7:35:00 AM
This is an awesome story about a real American hero. Vince
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Date: 6/10/2009 7:01:00 PM
Nice write! - jeremia
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Date: 6/10/2009 7:00:00 PM
please read soup mail-if you have time between all your cow-pokin, cow tipping over, cow branding irons, kind of cow stuff:)-AA
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Date: 6/7/2009 12:46:00 AM
A great westen vignette Jim.Rgds Brian & thanks for your welcome comments
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Date: 6/6/2009 1:54:00 PM
Love the way you capture the Western spirit and accent in your write, Jim. The best vacation I ever had was on the Tanke Verde Ranch in Arizona. Been riding all my life and loved loping through the desert! You brought back some great memories for me. Excellent poem! Love, Carolyn
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