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Best Western Poems

Below are the all-time best Western poems written by Poets on PoetrySoup. These top poems in list format are the best examples of western 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,
Form: Cowboy

Premium Member Somewhere over the Horizon
Deeply dive into my Southern border. .  again
again. .  border around my existence ever so deeply

Somewhere over the Horizon
love is met gently

Images melt...

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Categories: imagery, senses, , western,
Form: Rhyme
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,
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,
Form: Verse
Premium Member O' Butterfly
O' Butterfly, a child, disgraced 
Bewitched without a chance
Beguiled, exquisitely endowed. Frail wings held no escape
Such innocence would glaze her eyes, as gossamer might do


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Categories: butterfly, , western,
Form: Free verse

Premium Member CAPTAIN TOM

You will have probably heard this story, it's often been told
About Captain Tom who's ninety nine years old
He's a Second World War veteran who's served...

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Categories: tribute, , western,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member Neverland
On the south-western side of the old mission school,
on the corner of 1st,  where the blackberries grew
a field claimed by children, was crosshatched with...

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Categories: western, childhood, nostalgia, places, ,
Form: Narrative
Outback Shearing Shed
I'll bet this set of rusty shears have a story they could tell,
of the loneliness and broken backs in a land that's hot as hell,

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Categories: farm, history, , western,
Form: Lyric

golden rays fading
across western horizon…
whispering good-night


Poem of the Day - 11-18-2015

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Categories: beautiful, sunset, , western,
Form: Haiku
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 Unborn Tomorrows
Unborn tomorrows..
Disguise unknown sorrows
Leaving hearts full..
Not empty and hollow

Unborn tomorrows..
Always send a rainbow smile
After dark clouds..
Have had their while

Unborn tomorrows..
Leave room for dreams to grow

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Categories: inspirational, , western,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member Cowboy Shooters On Motor Scooters
[Just a little note to help maintain the peace on Soup.          
To cause no animosity among...

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Categories: humorous, native american, western,
Form: Rhyme
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,
Form: Cowboy
Who Am I
Daughter  of Mary and  Louis
(Named after my late grandmother ) 

My name is  Charmaine
a name originated from latin
Charmaine means -a song

Eldest of...

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Categories: prejudice, , western,
Form: Bio
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
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,
Form: Quatrain
Gold Fever
Gold Fever 

History will not record the bloated weight
Of this pious and bigoted race 
Or count the fat and flaccid wealth
Of religions idolatry

Those pages have...

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Categories: western, faithfaith, political, perspective, ,
Form: Free verse
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,
Form: Cowboy
Premium Member Violet, My Adored
Violet, a lovely lady, kin to Purple, can be a contradiction.
Between her fellows Red and Blue (yet more inclined to Blue),
she lies with a calm...

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Categories: color, universe, , western,
Form: Free verse
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
Form: Rhyme
I Only Understand Now
We talked at length
The hours we passed
The life you lived
Oh the horrors 
So many men's live snuffed
Oh Arizona, a dedication
Whose souls be at rest
Amidst oily...

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Categories: western, death, father, introspection, love,
Form: Elegy
Premium Member Trees

Trees, trees, everywhere, and no one stops to think
What we may lose as all mankind nears a crucial brink. 
When oaks and elms and other...

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© John Posey  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: nature, tree, , western,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member Mad Molly Shaw
This is the story of mad Molly Shaw
She might be mad now but she wasn’t before
she came home to find her man dead on the...

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Categories: western,
Form: Rhyme
Seven Kingdoms

The Holy Bible said seven kingdoms would arise,
then like windblown grains of sand, fall to the dust
Six kingdoms have come and gone, blinked their eyes

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Categories: western, judgement, religious, spiritual, truth,
Form: Crown of Sonnets
Premium Member Below We Two
(For "Focus on Syllables" contest, by Catie Lindsey)

Below we two, 
a wondrous view
Lay below, for it was spread
With jasmine blossoms white and red;
And bluebells nodding...

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Categories: love, nature, time, western,
Form: Rhyme