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I'll ride with you awhile, my friend Until the wind turns cold. I'm not as young as I once was - Just feelin' kinda old. I used to ride straight to the storm - "Weather be damned", I'd say. I'd yell an' cuss at wind unseen An' ride 'til end of day. I'd swagger up to Shorty's bar - Half froze an' frostbit too. I'd drink my fill then drink some more, When other men were through. I had my pick of fair haired gals, But never found that one Who'd make me quit and settle down An' say, "This cowboy's done". So I wore out a hoss or two, An' broke bones here an' there. Rode from the Red to Rio Grande, But never stayed nowhere. For now I'm proud to ride with you Until the wind turns cold. An' then you're on your own my friend - My tales have all been told April 1, 2016 The older I get the better I like the idea that"there's nothing I can do about it now" and I put that poetically in this Cowboy poem.

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Date: 1/16/2021 12:04:00 PM
Congrats on this winner, Larry. You certainly have the swagger to tell your tales in the cool laidback style that suits you so well. You're the best cowboy poet I know ~
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Date: 12/6/2018 7:02:00 PM
Best wishes and sincere congrats on your win in Nina's contest, Larry - blessings to you and yours for a joyous holiday season, my friend! :-)
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Date: 12/6/2018 6:45:00 PM
CONGRATULATIONS on your well-deserved win! Janice
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Date: 4/18/2018 6:25:00 PM
This is an excellent example of that genre of cowboy poetry and I see it's considered your "best" poetry. Wonderful.
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Larry Bradfield
Date: 4/18/2018 7:52:00 PM
Thank you so much, Andrea! As you can see in the comments, I consider myself a Cowboy Poet and wanted to see if I could write other types..so I joined PoetrySoup. I am enjoying it thoroughly!
Date: 9/6/2017 11:56:00 AM
I like this very much. It's poignancy. Congrats on your win.
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Date: 9/6/2017 11:48:00 AM
Lovely comment about PS! Enjoyed your poem from the horse, to cuss'n, drink'n, and riding! Congratulations on your win in my contest, Larry!
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Date: 4/15/2017 1:26:00 AM
This is such a great poem! So easy to picture and feel and I love the fact that you incorporated the cowboy 'accent' throughout. Another FAV for me! Congrats too on your placement in the contest. I can surely see why.
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Date: 4/13/2017 7:38:00 AM
You are a great story teller Larry many congrats on your win:-) hugs Jan xx
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Larry Bradfield
Date: 4/13/2017 9:52:00 AM
What a nice thing to say, Jan! Thank you!!..Larry
Date: 4/12/2017 10:44:00 PM
Thank you for entering my contest and congrats
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Larry Bradfield
Date: 4/13/2017 9:52:00 AM
Thank you!
Date: 5/24/2016 9:36:00 PM
How did I miss this one. Excellent first post. A 7. Skat
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Larry Bradfield
Date: 5/24/2016 9:38:00 PM
Thank you kindly,Skat...always nice to hear from you!..Larry
Date: 5/7/2016 7:13:00 AM
Such a smooth flow, and how I enjoyed the ride. Great piece, congratulations!
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Larry Bradfield
Date: 5/9/2016 8:22:00 AM
Thank you, Dineen...you're very kind!
Date: 5/3/2016 9:51:00 AM
Thanks for sharing this one,congratulations Larry!
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Larry Bradfield
Date: 5/3/2016 2:10:00 PM
Thank you, Sara. Glad you liked it!!
Date: 5/3/2016 9:35:00 AM
Hi Larry, Just moseyin' back on through these parts with a Big Congrats on your 1st Place Win. Well done, pardner! Cheers, Brian
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Larry Bradfield
Date: 5/3/2016 9:49:00 AM
Thanks, Brian! Nice to hear from you!!
Date: 5/3/2016 5:41:00 AM
Hi Larry. Congrats for your well, deserved first placement in the contest!!! ;-)
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Larry Bradfield
Date: 5/3/2016 8:09:00 AM
Thank you, Teddy!
Date: 5/3/2016 3:17:00 AM
This is a classic Larry! Congratulations on your top rated poem. I loved it! #7 ; )
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Larry Bradfield
Date: 5/3/2016 8:10:00 AM
Thanks, Connie. Glad that you liked it!!
Date: 5/3/2016 2:44:00 AM
Congrats, Larry! Love your work.
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Larry Bradfield
Date: 5/3/2016 8:11:00 AM
Thank you, Susan!
Date: 5/2/2016 10:53:00 PM
Congratulations, Larry. I read your Prairie Grass a few days ago and loved it. I like all of your Western themes and based on the others you've written and this win I'll say this, "Cowboy, you're no where near to bein' done."
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Larry Bradfield
Date: 5/3/2016 8:14:00 AM
What a nice thing to say, Lin!!Congratulations to you also on a fine poem, Moonstruck Maiden!!
Date: 5/2/2016 7:43:00 PM
Larry, congrats on your top placement in the contest! :)-luloo
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Larry Bradfield
Date: 5/2/2016 9:20:00 PM
Thank you so much. I just read yours and I was touched! Great writing!..Larry
Date: 4/14/2016 11:48:00 AM
Totally charming western poem. This old, old man loves it. Congrats on the selection. Old daver
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Larry Bradfield
Date: 4/14/2016 12:10:00 PM
Thank you, Daver...I'm comin' up on 78 years, so we may have more in common than you think!...Larry
Date: 4/14/2016 11:22:00 AM
This awesome piece has taken me back to the old, Wild West movies!!! Congrats, Larry, for having it featured in the Poetry Soup homepage!!! ;-)
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Larry Bradfield
Date: 4/14/2016 12:09:00 PM
Thank you, Teddy! It's appreciated...
Date: 4/11/2016 10:24:00 PM
Hi Larry, Great poem, real Americana. Very well done. Cheers, Brian
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Larry Bradfield
Date: 4/14/2016 12:12:00 PM
Thank you, Brian !
Date: 4/11/2016 1:45:00 PM
A lovely tale told so well Larry, like your rhyme too. Well done!
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Larry Bradfield
Date: 4/11/2016 1:47:00 PM
Thank you, Gordon!
Date: 4/2/2016 1:28:00 PM
Hi, Larry, Welcome to Poetry soup, I hope you enjoy the community. Here, you will find friendly poets who enjoy supporting one another. I myself, enjoy reading and commenting those who want to be read. The only time I give constructive criticism is when a poet desires it. However, if for some reason the poem is not my field I will guide you to someone who is more qualified than I. Stop by and read one of my poems if you like. My poems are not perfect, but I have a feeling you might like one. I encourage you to check out the contest page and read to receive comments. Tell me a little about your poetic skills if you like. It will be my pleasure to follow and read every poem you post from here on :) We are Lucky To Have you. Your New Poet Friend @-> LINDA <-@
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Larry Bradfield
Date: 4/3/2016 1:05:00 PM
Thank you, Linda. It looks like it's going to be fun and educational! Larry