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Best Cowboy Poems

Below are the all-time best Cowboy poems written by Poets on PoetrySoup. These top poems in list format are the best examples of cowboy poems written by PoetrySoup members


Hard Times
When hard times come they sit a spell,
Like kin folk come to stay
A-packin' troubles, pets an' kids
That always get ‘n your way.
It's drought an' flood,...

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© Jim Fish  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: cowboy-western, family, funny, life, on work
Form: Cowboy



For One Pass Of Your Breath

you write your words and they make me cry
you write those word and you know i die
but i've died so often now

i held you in...

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Categories: cowboy, lost love, love, love hurts,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member The Ride
The old man looked a little out of place
Astride his pony on the carousel
A smile from yesterday across his face
As if he were entranced in...

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Categories: cowboy, imagination, memory, sad,
Form: Iambic Pentameter
Heritage
The ranch on which I hang my hat, though short on most the frills,
Is thirteen sections, give or take, of rugged trails an’ hills.
We call...

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© Jim Fish  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: adventure, cowboy-western, education, imagination, inspirational, native
Form: Quatrain
Will Shepard
The day Will Shepard shot my dog
His barn burned to the soil;
The flames licked at the Autumn sky,
The smoke as black as oil.
I dropped the...

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© Tony Bush  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: animals, cowboy-western, death, loss, day, world,
Form: Verse



The Last Ride
One tough ol’ cowboy; a strong, upright man,
He rode many years for the Lazy "H" brand.
One ev’nin, quite late, as he rode out from town
Some...

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© Dean Wood  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: tribute,
Form: Cowboy
Premium Member He Was My Sun
He was my sun, my one and only son,
attired as a cowboy for the day. 
And so I handed him a little gun
of fastened random...

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Categories: cowboy, war,
Form: Pantoum
Premium Member A Well-appointed Cowpoke
A well-appointed cowpoke, of whom there are still a few,
Wanted to be properly clad for his first job interview.
So, to impress his potential and somewhat...

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Categories: cowboy-western
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member Hocus Pocus
Hocus Pocus

Poets are like magicians.
They trick the heart into feeling, 
“things” they had no idea, were there at all. 

Sadly poets don’t always know how...

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© Ann Foster  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: cowboy, 12th grade, abortion, abuse, allah, america,
Form: Free verse
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...

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© Jim Fish  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: animals, cowboy-western, death, friendship, life, loss,
Form: Cowboy
Premium Member A Lonely Christmas
I walked up to the bunkhouse, beneath a cloudless sky,
searching to find the Christmas star, still shining there on high.
The bunkhouse was warm but lonesome...

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Categories: christmas, star,
Form: Cowboy
Mackenzie Trail
When doves on evenings, calm and still, call out a hollow tone,
They rouse a medley, old as time, so few have ever known.
The whispered lines...

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© Jim Fish  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: adventure, cowboy-western, historyold, horse, old,
Form: Quatrain
Premium Member Angels and Outlaws
Come and sit here by the fire
Watch the flickering firelight
Let me touch your lips with mine
Will you keep me warm tonight

I've been here reminiscing
Just feeling...

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Categories: cowboy-western, life, love, me,
Form: Ballad
Premium Member My Simple Valentine Story
dancing clumsily -
shy blue cowboy eyes smiling. . . . 
he swept me away

marriage fast foreknown -
no proposal from his lips. . . . 
just...

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Categories: cowboy, devotion, love
Form: Senryu
Intelligent Design
You think you’re alone out on the range
Sittin’ silent under starry sky,
Just a marvelin’ at the universe
And wonderin’ ‘bout that ol’ question: why?

You shake your...

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© Glen Enloe  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: animals, cowboy-western, death, faith, introspection, nature,
Form: Cowboy
Frail Paper Etched With Words
Whether poets, showmen or philosophers,
Or mere cowboys who follow herds—
They all want to leave behind a lasting mark—
More than frail paper etched with words.

But the...

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© Glen Enloe  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: art, cowboy-western, on writing and words,
Form: Rhyme
This Cowboy's Done
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...

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Categories:
Form: Cowboy
Premium Member Jukebox Gigolo
Old Zack Adams sits a slouch’n so sloppy drunk on a bar-room stool,
Wear’n his cheap-threaded cowboy suit and a stained satin shirt.
All the while a...

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Categories: cowboy, abuse, addiction, allegory, emotions, hurt, life,
Form: Quatrain
Premium Member The Winds of Time
One day I was passing time
And wrote these words upon the lines,
I know not where they came you see
The Winds of Time were there for...

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Categories: cowboy, imagination, inspirational, visionary, me, war, family,
Form: Verse
Premium Member When Darkest Of Blues Will Not Stop Pounding
When Darkest Of Blues Will Not Stop Pounding

Standing atop this high cliff, clouds floating on by
Watching last sunset, red-tint paint splashing blue sky
Now finding life,...

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Categories: cowboy, life, longing, loss, lost, missing, mother,
Form: Sonnet
Premium Member On My Own
On My Own

It is early in the day for most. 
I am just going to sleep. ‘
This will make many people angry. 
But at times,...

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© Ann Foster  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: cowboy, abortion, absence, abuse, addiction, allah, angel,
Form: Narrative
Premium Member Mirror Mirror
Mirror Mirror

Do not lie. I know that you want to. 
I know that you may need to.  
I am broken, and soon…
You will be...

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© Ann Foster  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: cowboy, 12th grade, cinderella, happy, hello, hero,
Form: Narrative
Premium Member A Little Boy
A Little Boy is
	Jelly on his face
	Dirt under his nails
	A patch on his knee
	String trailing from 
	One pocket and
	A frog in the other

A little boy...

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© Mel Gill  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: cowboy, 10th grade, children, emotions, father son,
Form: Imagism
Premium Member Another One Down
Another One Down
And another one bites the dust. 

Marriage. 
My friend, my neighbor, the lady next door, 
Rampant miscalculations of being too nice, 
two people...

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© Ann Foster  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: cowboy, appreciation, betrayal, divorce, drink, grief, heartbreak,
Form: Ballad
Premium Member All Hat and No Cattle
They hung around the beer joint with the finest Western wear
with thumbs tucked in their belt loops and such a studly air.
But those boots weren't...

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© Roy Jerden  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: humorous, old, time,
Form: Cowboy