Cowboys and Poetry

I remember reading the Western novel Shane, by Jack Schaefer, in high school. I’m not quite sure why the Western theme is in my head this morning, but it is. Here’s a bit of a Western, in the form of a poem.


This is christyb saying “Yippee-ki-yay!” and smiling.

cutting cowboy

Cowboy, Westerns, and Poetry. (Dizkography, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)

You Went West

You went West one day

To the land of cowboys, and

(I think)

You forgot that there was a damsel in distress,

With rosy cheeks, waiting right here for you.


Maybe you wanted a challenge,

Figuring out how to steer your horse

And your testosterone,

Or perhaps you just wanted an arrow

Without a cupid attached.


If you head North by Northeast

I think you might find a map, a rainbow,

Or even a trunk of coins,

But you won’t find me –

I moved out East a couple of months ago

And hitched up the tent all on my own.


©2013 Christy Birmingham


43 thoughts on “Cowboys and Poetry

  1. Janine Huldie

    Ok, too funny and ironic, because I am sitting here, while my girls are napping (yes it is a good day right now) and listening to the Dukes of Hazard theme on iTunes. Don’t remember the last time I listened to it, but was in a Western mood myself. So thanks for satisfying that just a bit more here!! 🙂


  2. Jacobi

    Wow, my person liked that. She says it is a strong poem. But I think it was a little over my head. Did you lose your cowboy? Maybe I can sniff him out for you with my nose?

    I do like cowboys, although I think their horses are very scary.

    Big horse
    You scare me
    With your too big body and too strong smell
    Your hooves may trample my precious fur
    You scare me
    I must run
    I must hide
    I must bark
    You scare me
    Bring back your cowboy
    And I will stop barking
    You scare me
    Big horse



  3. Valentine Logar

    Loved this one, don’t know if you know Lyle Lovett or not but when I was having a terrible time, his songs pulled me through. His song writing is often ironic and sometimes dark. This one, well this one is very dark but funny. Listen to the words.


  4. Aquileana

    “A damsel in distress,With rosy cheeks”, And “An arrow Without a cupid attached”… Really?… You were already creating the background of our future memories!… And all that Before we met!.. It was truly amazing to find those lines over here Christy Pie ❤ Boom!
    Best wishes and hugs to you,
    Aquileana 😀



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