Cowboy Poet

29 Jun

The beauty of the poem is often its ability to distill a mood, a scene, or a fraction of time into a small space on the page. This week’s Badgerblog selection does just that—transforming the long, rough ride of the cowboy and his herd into a brief but beautiful and exhausted expression. Congratulations to Benjamin on this poetic achievement (inspired by artwork in the Blanton Museum of Art) … and a very Texas poem, to boot!

Ol’ Slick Ear

Cowboys rope the cow
and have a hard time with them.
The longhorn cattle go a long way.

After a long, tough ride,
the cowboys get to market.

Their faces half covered in dust,
the cowboys ride home.

Benjamin, fifth grade, Badgerdog Creative Writing Summer Camp

Photo by Mary R. Vogt.

The beauty of the poem is often its ability to distill a mood, a scene, or a fraction of time into a small space on the page. This week’s Badgerblog selection does just that—transforming the long, rough ride of the cowboy and his herd into a brief but beautiful and exhausted expression. Congratulations to Benjamin on this poetic achievement (inspired by artwork in the Blanton Museum of Art)… and a very Texas poem, to boot!

Ol’ Slick Ear

Cowboys rope the cow
and have a hard time with them.
The longhorn cattle go a long way.

After a long, tough ride,
the cowboys get to market.

Their faces half covered in dust,
the cowboys ride home.

Benjamin, Badgerdog Summer Creative Writing Workshop, Session I, Austin Waldorf School

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9 Responses to “Cowboy Poet”

  1. Stephanie Whallon June 30, 2010 at 12:24 pm #

    Ben, I love this poem. You did such a great job with this!

  2. Teresa Carbajal Ravet June 30, 2010 at 12:38 pm #

    My Benjamin,
    With that dusty face and sparkling smile,
    My heart and love stretch out for miles.

  3. Aunt Susie June 30, 2010 at 12:40 pm #

    I love ‘Ol Slick Ear! Great poem. I can imagine the cowboy and cattle scene without any pictures or paintings. Benjamin should write more often. I would love to read more of his stuff.

  4. Tina DeSaussure June 30, 2010 at 1:32 pm #

    This is a wonderful poem! Highly evocative of the ol’ Chisolm Trail. Well done, Benjamin

  5. Traci DeStena June 30, 2010 at 2:05 pm #

    Great poem Benjamin!! I can see the exhausted cowboy in my mind’s eye clearly.

  6. Sylvia Pratt July 1, 2010 at 8:23 am #

    Very powerful images, Benjamin. I can taste the dust and feel the thirst! Keep on writing.

  7. Merle Eells July 1, 2010 at 4:12 pm #

    Wow Benjamin, I can almost smell the cows and feel the saddle under me.

  8. Lita Martha July 4, 2010 at 4:56 pm #

    Congratulation Benjamin, keep up your writings.

  9. Sandy Miller July 6, 2010 at 8:28 pm #

    Great imagery, Benjamin. One would think you have been on a trail ride. Congratulations!

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