This column is dedicated to one of the highest art forms in the sphere of human communication—Poetry. Nothing is nobler than the expression of human emotion. All poetry is perfect, no matter what the format or the background of the poet. A voice is a voice. With poetry, you get more than words. You get rhythm, you get sound, you get silence, you get mood—you get emotion. What more can you ask? This column is also dedicated to all the people who have ever lived, those here now, and those yet to come. God bless the poets among you. They carry the soul of the world.

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Cowboy Soul

Cowboy Soul - Myth and reality come together in the image of the American cowboy. The cowboy has become an idealized figure modeling admirable traits in the rugged individuals who built the country.


It’s the way you say, “Thank you, ma’am,”
And the way you tip your hat,
It’s how you know right from wrong
That tells me where you’re at

Your spine of steel, your heart of gold
The way you get the tough jobs done,
You calmly play the hand you’re dealt,
You’re America’s native son.

Your truth is plain and simple,
Your arms are open wide,
The stranger at the bunkhouse door
Is welcomed to come inside.

You read the wind, you hear the rain
You’re connected to the earth,
You love, respect and honor
The nation of your birth.

Years of work show on your hands
And in the creases on your face,
The pride you find in daily toil
Adds dignity and grace.

You’re a friend who comes when called,
Staying ‘til the end,
You like to handle heartbreak
By helping fences mend.

When storm clouds start to gather
You know they won’t last long,
Your eyes still have a twinkle
And your lips will sing a song.

If we no longer see you
You’re not too hard to find,
Cowboy soul will live forever
In our heart and in our mind.

Thank the Lord for cowboy soul,
The courage to be free,
Showing us the spirit
That lives in you and me.

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